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Ditch the cable? Or go all the way and be TV-free?

We ditched our cable a few years ago. Funny thing is, that I don't miss it. I can't say that there's anything more interesting on having 200 channels vs. 7! Sopranos on DVD..etc.

But although I'm finding that while I'm watching TV less, the boob tube still sucks up more of my evening than I want. Anybody in PT land given up TV? Was it painful?

Tue. Apr 3, 11:08am

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I haven't made a decision to give up tv, I still watch with friends from time to time or catch an episode online... but the tv is in a room that I don't tend to spend much time in, so I really haven't watched tv since october or so. I check out the news on, and that's about it... maybe just focusing on adding additional activities instead of tv, or tucking the tv into a less-used room might help you cut down. I don't know that it's necessary to cut it out, but I really don't miss it much because I'm busy with other things. Just a thought.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 1:14 PM

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10 years and counting....

When my husband and I got married almost 11 years ago, we were just out of college and too poor to afford cable. The apartment we lived in got lousy reception anyway, so we ditched our TV. We spent evenings cooking, playing board games and going for walks or to the gym.

When we moved into a house a couple years later, we never bothered to get cable, tho we did spring for a small TV and a Playstation 2 so that we could watch DVDs. We still spend most evening doing stuff together and we still don't watch cable or network TV.

I don't miss it, especially since most of what I've seen lately (while at the gym or at friends' houses) is either mindnumbing or advertising. I can't even stand to watch the news anymore because it's "info-tainment" or "edu-tainment" instead of plain old unbiased reporting.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 1:15 PM

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I have been cable free for 3 years. I have few shows I like to watch but don't stop living for them. I'll tape them if something comes up that I wanna do that night. Plus you spend less time watching the show cos you can fast forward the commercials. an hour show can be done in 45 minutes!

I havent gone tv free because I like to hear the weather in the morning on the today show, I dont watch the news at all, its too depressing. I leave the show on while I'm getting ready and when I hear Al Roker say "And here's whats happening in your neck of the woods" I go look. Could i get it online, yes but I feel its not as through.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 1:51 PM

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I gave up TV about 6 years ago. I don't miss it! I never felt like I had enough time and somehow I was always being pulled in 50 directions at once and something had to give. It was TV and that was the best decision I ever made. I do not gain any value from watching TV and it can suck up so much time it's scary. Once it was gone - I had no problem filling my days with much more enjoyable activity and I made tons of friends because I couldn't use TV to tune out in order to avoid facing the world and my own lonliness or laziness. I will never say "Gee, I wish I had wish I had watched more TV while I was younger instead of frittering away my days with enjoyable activities and spending time with loved ones." I cannot imagine that my life would be as full as it is if I still had a TV - it is far to easy to tune out and disengage when you have one. I do feel strongly about this topic and others may not agree with that statement (or not to that extreme), but it has been an eye-opening experience.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 2:11 PM

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OP here--thanks everyone! 2:11pm poster--wow, yes, I don't think I'll look back on my life and regret missing TV! thanks for the reality check. and thanks to everyone's nice to see people who either prioritize other things over TV.

I'm self-employed (aka find it hard to get away from work) and I've claimed that I don't have enough time to exercise. In all honesty, I was spending an hour or two in front of the TV in the evening when I could have combined that with exercise or just exercise instead. I'm going to knock that off, turn off the tube except for my favorite show (Gilmore Girls on Tuesday)..and maybe someday, get rid of it completely.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007, 9:33 AM

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we never watch real TV -- when we have a free evening, we watch one of our netfliz movies. It's always better than TV, it has a set time limit, we watch as a couple (ie qulity time) and no mindless channel-surfing. AND we can watch mutliple episodes of our favorite TV shows, with no commercials and no waiting a week (or a season) to get the conclusion to the cliffhanger!
Now, if we could just get the gym, the bank, the grocery store, and everything else to go TV-free I would be happy!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007, 10:06 AM

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I haven't had tv in 7 years, and don't really miss it. I do watch movies and sometimes tv shows on dvd, also watch at friend's homes (but that is VERy infrequent, once every 3-4 months or so). I have so much to do with my time, exercising, cooking, reading, etc. that I honestly don't know how people make time for tv in the first place. The only weird thing is noticing how much people talk about tv, it is a very strong socializing tool in our society, and I can't really participate. I have great hobbys though!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007, 12:54 PM

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I'll be completely honest with you, I sort of judge people that don't watch TV. Well, let me rephrase, if you don't watch TV that's fine and I'm happy for you, but I think people have a social responsibility to know what's going on in the world around them. If you live in the United States and don't know who Simon Cowell is, yes, I'm going to judge you. You don't have to watch American Idol (I don't, btw) but you should know what's happening in pop culture.

Also, if other people are talking about tv, please refrain from the snooty "Oh, I don't watch TV" followed by eye roll routine.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007, 1:30 PM

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Do you know that you burn fewer calories watching TV than you do reading a book or sleeping? I've cut my TV watching considerably since I've gotten serious about losing weight and it's paying off. I used to sit in front of the TV and munch, so, in addition to not burning many calories, I added to the total. It is however, somewhat of an addiction. If you can give it up totally - I say "Go For It!"

Wednesday, April 04, 2007, 1:37 PM

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there are many media outlets besides tv from which to gain insight into the newest pop-cultures icons. the request to refrain from being snooty has an ironic tone to it. i gave up tv for many years and was more informed about real-world issue than ever before or since. knowing who simon cowell is or what movie won an academy award are insignifcant trivia. i find that people who discuss the popular reality shows as if they were in fact reality shows make me want to drive a nail into my skull.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007, 1:43 PM

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