For many years now, Cliff and I have a TV at home, but we don’t have it hooked up to cable. When we first got married, we worked full time and I was studying for my CGA in the evenings and weekends. It was fine not having cable because there was little time to watch TV. Then for a while we did get cable, but eventually decided to cut our cable connection. This is because we felt that when we have cable, we sit and just veg out in front of the TV rather than doing anything fun or productive. Once we cut the cable, I read more books, we go out for walks more in the evenings, and we didn’t miss too much.
Some days I miss being able to turn on the TV and veg out. Although those days are very few and very far in between when you work full time and have an active toddler at home. I also do miss being able to join in conversations about TV shows, but not enough to make me want to get cable again. So our TV sits in our living room, mostly gathering dust. It’s not like we’re trying to be hippies or live off the grid; it’s more that we just simply don’t have the time for TV anymore.
With Savanna coming in a few months, we are shifting things around at home to make room for her. Savanna is going to use the den as her room. So Cliff and I need to move our iMacs, desk, books, photography equipment out of the den. Some of these things are going into the living room, and some are going into the master bedroom. There will be less space for everything, and more things in every space. We need to get rid of anything we don’t “need”.
To make a long story short, after much discussion, we’ve decided to get rid of our TV and the entertainment unit (and a few other things in the living room).
The thought scares me a little bit. Having no TV sounds a little weird to me. I can just imagine someone living off the grid in the woods, using a propane refrigerator to keep game meats fresh, relying on the radio to receive news, and living cut off from the outside world. That would be the person with no TV.
I know more than one person thinks I’m nuts. How are you supposed to entertain your kids without a TV?
The fact is, Joshua is rarely entertained by the TV, since we don’t have cable. We did let him watch a couple of Christmas movies last year, and some Japanese cartoon when Cliff and I were both sick with the stomach flu. Allowing him to watch TV keeps him relatively quiet and stationary, but honestly I’m not sure if I want anything to have that sort of effect on him on a regular basis. And if the need ever arises where he needs to be kept quiet and stationary, he could always watch the same things on our computers.
I don’t think it’s a right vs. wrong decision about having TV or cable. If we had a lot of space, I would likely never think of getting rid of the TV. It’s just that our need for space is higher on the priority list at the moment. I’m not judging you if you have TV/cable. In fact, I’d probably be glued to your TV when I come to your place!
Maybe my kids will be bullied at school because they don’t know all the popular TV shows and hot toys to buy, they will become social outcasts with no friends, then they will grow up to be serial killers because they have issues with their childhood, then they’re going to point their fingers at me when they are on trial because back in 2012 we sold our TV and ended their childhood.
SEE! I don’t need cable to have a very active imagination!
I guess only time will tell if we’ve made the right decision. For now, I’m going to post our TV for sale on Craigslist and look forward to the extra space in the living room.