We have a VCR and DVD (and obviously a television!)- we love movies. Our Friday unwind-veg "date" is eating dinner sitting on the sofa, watching a video (or rather, me- falling asleep watching a video ). We have a standing agreement that movie rentals are for weekends only.
But we haven't had "TV" (stations/cable/satellite/rabbit ears/whatever) in years- don't miss it for a single moment and fervently believe that we, as individuals and as a couple, are far better for having ditched the tube- happier, healthier, more deeply and objectively informed, more well-read. It's a very personal decision and we had to go the "all or nothing" route. I'm relieved that we came about the decision together and that we believe in raising our eventual children in a TV-free environment (at home- not like TV is evil and they can't EVER watch it; but no video games either, sorry!). DH and I were both raised in homes where TV was either banished completely or strictly limited and although we groused as kids, we are so grateful to our parents now.
Can't think of a single redeeming quality of television that a book, a long walk, a newspaper, a good movie, a real conversation, a CD can't impart ten times better (that isn't to say that television doesn't have redeeming qualities- it just can't compare to the "real thing").
It's not that I'm against TV per se (well, okay, I am - it's that there is so much to do in life that brings me real joy, relaxation, learning. I'd rather be out living my life than watch others pretending at theirs.
Last edited by KValley; 05-20-2003 at 09:23 PM.
If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in! Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends.