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Questions for those who have given up TV

 
Ollo
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Questions for those who have given up TV
I have some questions for you, in all seriousness...
Do you miss it?
DO you still watch movies/shows on your computer?
Do you spend more time on your computer/internet?
And most importantly, do you feel like your brain is clearer? I've often wondered if part of the fogginess/stress people feel these days is partially due to watching so much TV and/or needing to fill every moment with sounds.

Would love to hear from anyone that's given up TV! Also- any of you give it up while a spouse/significant other still watched it?
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Anybody? I figured this would be the forum where most people would have experience with this...
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I watch a couple movies a year with my family on the TV. Otherwise, I spend all my time on the PC. After all that time, when I try to watch TV, I give up at the first commercial break I am back on my PC and I am not going back to the TV for the rest of the night. I replaced TV time with my kid with more board games and we are playing games on her tablet PC instead or on the computers. I just cannot get my GF off that TV, sad.
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i pick and choose what i watch on my computer. i also never watch/listen to ads. no tv for years, and no regrets.
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I only have internet and cell phone in my house, here's what I do.

1. [link to www.ustvnow.com]

2. [link to www.roku.com]

3. [link to signup.netflix.com (secure)]

4. [link to www.hulu.com]

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I dumped broadcast tv and cable about 6 years ago and never looked back, also saved my small kids from being programmed with nonsense.

I do spend a lot of time on the internet and we only watch selected videos on the tv screen since I wired the main house system to send video to the tv which happens to not be digital (key).
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Re: Questions for those who have given up TV
Do you miss it?

No.

DO you still watch movies/shows on your computer?

Yes.

Do you spend more time on your computer/internet?

That is my hobby and my profession...I would be using both at the same time so losing the TV means I don't glance over at it.

And most importantly, do you feel like your brain is clearer? I've often wondered if part of the fogginess/stress people feel these days is partially due to watching so much TV and/or needing to fill every moment with sounds.

I rather think that is attributed to eye strain. I've also stopped listening to music for the most part.

Enjoy the silence
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Re: Questions for those who have given up TV
I have some questions for you, in all seriousness...
Do you miss it?
DO you still watch movies/shows on your computer?
Do you spend more time on your computer/internet?
And most importantly, do you feel like your brain is clearer? I've often wondered if part of the fogginess/stress people feel these days is partially due to watching so much TV and/or needing to fill every moment with sounds.

Would love to hear from anyone that's given up TV! Also- any of you give it up while a spouse/significant other still watched it?
 Quoting: Ollo


Nope, don't miss it.

Nope, I still download rips of newer movies that look interesting even though I have no interest in watching them out of habit. I think my current predicament of no free HDD space to fulfill said habit will be my release since I will have no logical answer to the question of which movies that have not been watched ought to be removed to free up space for other ones that will not be watched.

Nope, I spend far less time on my PC/internet. I ususally only come to GLP during my downtime at work, and rarely peruse threads at home except on my days off. It's not uncommon for me to sit down at the PC, only to look at the screen and realize, "WTF, there's nothing worthwhile to do on here..."

I wouldn't say that my brain feels clearer, perhaps less busy is a good descriptor. It does feels as though the thoughts that fill it now tend to be much more meaningful and that they serve a purpose.

My daughters' mother was still living with us when I tipped over from cutting back to being completely weened. What I noticed was that the frequency of conversations I would try to engage her in that ended with her saying something along the lines of, "Just stop - I can't handle stuff like that now." escalated rapidly. I never figured out when the time frame of 'now' had ended. It probably still hasn't.

What she couldn't handle were real conversations about life, consciousness, and what kind of future our children have to look forward to. The only conversations she could handle were the ones about trivial comedy, the neighbors' business, and the fictitious characters she spent more time watching than she did being with her own family.
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I sold my last TV years ago and won't be buying another one. A library card is free and far more rewarding.
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TV has become even more degenerate [if that were possible.]

More than ever, TV programming pushes the nwo's liberal, interracial, perverted, homosexual agenda. Same with the
most of the internet.



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also, there is something called FTA (free to air) satellite tv... no ads... brainwash? somehow... because most of the ones who pay for the satellite link, are somehow on the aligned with the norms for broadcasting...

But, at least, U will not get ads...
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*shrug*

Husband and I just kind of let our old tv die, and now we are daring one another to get a new one: "If you want a new one, you go buy it" back and forth.

Neither of us has felt compelled to go buy a new one.

All in all, we are much better off without tv.
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one of the best financial things I've ever done was to end TV bill, no more NBA league pass... saves a ton of $$$ I get enough TV with the HD atteana
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No TV for years now. There are a couple of shows I miss but can find online mostly but haven't even looked lately. Ads drive me crazy and the humor is so lame. I feel it is just a form of life control.
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Consider the span you are faced with in your modern life, that must be filtered. Your most precious resource is your time. If you gaurd your eye, do not expose yourself to more spam and develop a strategy where you can gain time to invest in good things. This is good. Do the math, in the sum you will find the optimum balance.
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I haven't watched tv on an ongoing basis since 1988. 25 years!
I stopped when I was 20 and I am almost 45 now.
I don't miss it.
I do watch it when I go to visit family or friends. And I have watched 2 shows on the internet.
What shocks me the most is how blatant the fear mongering is, especially in the news.
I have always been a big reader.
But I used to be addicted to tv and would watch 5 hours a day easily. (Before school and after.)
I stopped playing video games when PacMan and Tetras were popular, lol.
I became a vegetarian soon after.
I started yoga, and meditation.
TV really is a mind sucking void.
Without it, there is the freedom to explore inner space.
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I've pretty much had mine turned off over the last 6 months. Probably had it on briefly a handful of times as some background noise but nothing other than that.

Life actually does seem somewhat better without it, I get more things done, and it's great not to be spoonfed so much propaganda and have to sit through so much dross, x-factor, celebrity dishwashing etc etc Zzzzzzzz.

Now I get the chance to listen to more music, watch more documentaries that I want to watch on the web, and even have periods of long silence, and silence truly is golden.

That said there is plenty of propaganda and dross on the interweb, at least we don't have to have it rammed down our throats like we do on television.

Sometimes I do feel a little disconnected without it, and that probably comes from having it on so often in years gone by where it used to be... come home, put the tv on, grab a drink and kick back. No more of that shit though. So when I have felt a little disconnected I've been known to put it on for an hour, but honestly by the time the hour is up, im sick to the back teeth of it and am reaching for the off button.

I occasionally watch some mainstream television via the internet but am extremely selective about what I watch.
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no TV here for 7 years ongoing.

threw it out as i regularily turned it on when i came home from work, and either did not pay any attention to the sh*t on there or got trapped in this stuff so i watched one stupid show after another and went to sleep very late.
couldn´t stand the stupid commercials, either.
and what bothered me the most, friends/family "oh don´t call me from 7-9pm, there is my favorite series on " or when at someone´s, that they got distracted while talking because of the tv.

do still watch selected serials on computer (as i did before, i like the original versions better than the synchronized ones), for movies, i either go to the cinema or we have a "movie evening" with bbq at a friends house.

brain clearer? well no. no difference there.
what i do instead, i get lost in the internet, GLP for example.
it´s just another kind of destraction, but i learned so many different things, i call myself "master of unuseful knowledge" (of course, until we really have doom, then it will be useful).
what i noticed, you get strange looks from others when mentioning it - i do not mention it myself, only when asked, eg in the context "have you seen last nights germanys next topmodel episode".

i am much more connected to myself since then, i don´t blame it on not watching tv anymore, but it for sure helped being more "in the present".
it also improved my awareness, what i am feeling, not being told anymore how i have to feel and how to cope with situations (eg, tv is telling you how your relationship has to be, how one reacts when stressful sitations occur and all that stuff. i don´t have to assimilate my real emotions to those faked ones anymore).

any more questions, OP ?

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WTF??? We are not getting rid of the TVs!!!!!
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We have a television that we use to watch movies. No mainstream TV or cable since 2004.

No, I do not miss it at all except for news, the Oscars, Winter Olympics, and Grey's Anatomy. We watch a LOT of movies, read, or play Scrabble instead. We also use the Internet more (myself for news and Internet checkers, my husband to play computer games).

As mentioned, the only TV show I miss is Grey's Anatomy. It started in 2004 (I think) and got turned on to it at a friend's -- so I just buy the most recent season every year in September.

None of the above, either singly or all together, is worth the $30.00 or so monthly cable charge.
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I don't miss it. I do wach DVDs, which includes movies and series I'm interested in. I spent quite some time on the net and youtube, awesome docs available there and other shit.
Not sure if my brain is clearer, I clog it on GLP.
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Yes for the better part of four years now. I still watch some sports online. At one time I downloaded movies but I am single again therefor I dont watch anymore. I am spending too much time on the pc but only because its been minus 15 to minus 30 for the past 6 weeks. I do not miss tv at all, but I do miss movies, the few good ones out there.
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I have a couple of shows I like that I record on TiVo and watch later

I love zduck Dynasty. I laugh like ......

Religious programs I watch in the hopes of learning how to become a better person, I like Joyce Meyer

The Prepper and survival shows I watch also to learn something

Otherwise no other tv
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No tv here. The kids don't miss it and my gf and I have a lot more 'us' time.
Serious waste of time and energy and now I'm reading and re reading good books again.
We hear the neighbour's idiot box blaring and see the blue flashes through the window and know we aren't missing anything.
I prefer sex to tv anyway :-)
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Re: Questions for those who have given up TV
I have some questions for you, in all seriousness...
Do you miss it?
DO you still watch movies/shows on your computer?
Do you spend more time on your computer/internet?
And most importantly, do you feel like your brain is clearer? I've often wondered if part of the fogginess/stress people feel these days is partially due to watching so much TV and/or needing to fill every moment with sounds.

Would love to hear from anyone that's given up TV! Also- any of you give it up while a spouse/significant other still watched it?
 Quoting: Ollo


No I dont miss it.
Yes.
No, a bit less actually.
Yes, much clearer and sharper.

Stopped watching TV in mid-2005
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No TV here...I don't miss it. I have Netflix, no commercials :D

I do worry about my husband though lol, no tv and he doesn't get online much so he's very out of the loop. He's in the army and it's sad that he get's more info on world events from me than the guys w/ TV's and iPhones at work.
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If ever in doubt about watching television, remember this phrase...

'television programming'

it's literally what it is. Mind control / brainwashing on a massive scale.

Let's stop perpetuating the crap they produce which is designed to manipulate us all and change society on a massive scale.

Turn your tv's off!
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Did Gilligan and company ever get off the island?
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I have a tv for my game console and it hook at a internet and my computer. So, yes I watch some show on the net on my tv but its been 5 yrs since I no longer have a tv provider and I don't miss it specially the 60$+ I save every month!
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Did Gilligan and company ever get off the island?
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Yes and they re-crash into it for a movie I think.
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I dont miss the TV at all. If I wanted to watch a particular show I can just find it online.

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