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Could You Give Up Watching Television?

Not only is it Father's Day, it's also another national holiday — National No More TV Day! Say what?! Yes, today we need to celebrate our dearest daddies and step away from the boob tube as well.

Considering we're supposed to cut television out of our lives for a day — but what about the Tonys? — I can't help but wonder if I could survive without TV in my life, you know like cut it out cold turkey?! I've gone through phases where I haven't watched TV (OK, so I didn't have cable), but I always made sure to bring myself up to speed as soon as I was near a TV and a cable connection.

I guess there's always the option of watching TV online, but I guess that doesn't count, especially on today's national holiday.

What are your thoughts? Could you survive without television? And if not for a lifetime, what about for a day?


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ayuninur ayuninur 9 years
oh god no!
dorotawessler dorotawessler 9 years
I cancelled my cable last September and I only watch movies on my projector but apart form seeing tv at bars I haven't watched and I do have to say that I have way more time for reading and Time with my husband after work:) I don't miss TV one bit
maytwentyseven maytwentyseven 9 years
Hubby and I just got rid of our cable, so it's back to actual conversation for us, hahaha. It hasn't been bad but that's probably because nothing that we watch is on during the summer, and I despise reruns.
codewhiz codewhiz 9 years
There was a lot of space in the parking lot at mass yesterday, because of the big game! But if it were the Jazz instead of the Lakers, then my husband and I would have gone to an earlier mass so that he could have the game on in the evening.
evalution evalution 9 years
What can I say, I like TV!
gabichou26 gabichou26 9 years
Well, now with YouTube and, for example, which puts up some of its shows, you can watch a lot of TV shows online. And of course you get news online. And there's always the option of buying season DVDs, although that sucks if you really want to see the show or if it's an insanely popular show and you'll undoubtedly get spoilers. I don't know. I guess I could do it.
zombielove zombielove 9 years
oh gawd no.
Jennipoo Jennipoo 9 years
i dont watch TV anyways... give up internet? not going to happen.
rosey rosey 9 years
I love having the TV on. I seriously have it on when I'm at home from the time I'm awake until I go to bed. I can give up my internet for a few hours in a day in, but I can't not have the TV on.
jennythereader jennythereader 9 years
I haven't watched TV in... months. Maybe even a couple of years. It just doesn't interest me these days.
haydee haydee 9 years
i can't. i watch the news as soon as I wake up
Leene Leene 9 years
I don't have tv in my dorm. It was okay, but I started to spend too much time on net... Heh. I can handle the situation now better :LOL: I'm back at home for the summer. Both of our tv's got broken last weekends. How in earth can that happen, they are both even relatively new!? I'm not missing on anything, I have gotten used to not watching tv. My dad on the other hand is going bonkers, he needs his daily dose of news. He is not internet-era person and can't just check them from internet like I do.
fredonica fredonica 9 years
I could definitely live without watching tv. The only reason I own a tv is to watch DVDs.
pinkcotton pinkcotton 9 years
I even sleep with the TV on ....have been for about 15 years now.
m-m-m m-m-m 9 years
Wow I'm surprised to see this many people without TV! YEAY for us. I haven't watched actual TV in years. I rent DVDs of TV shows occasionally- but only select old American shows like Cagney and Lacy and Golden Girls and BBC shows are worth my time. I can watch some dumb show like lost if I ever get bored in the year 2020 or something. Commercials (and skipping through commercials) suck and I won't pay anybody for the "privilege" of dealing with them. I already have enough of that with the internet. Most of my family and people I know have the TV on 24/7 though.
gigiwin gigiwin 9 years
It depends. But I still like to watch TV especially the news. Its a necessary evil sometimes.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
A day? Yes. Longer, no. Unless I'm traveling to a foreign country. But even then I kind of like checking out what other cultures have to offer on the boob tube.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I guess it depends on how long and where I was! When I was backpacking through Europe for 3 months I honestly only watched it a couple of times and that was to just catch up on the news and maybe watch a World Cup game here and there!
chhavi chhavi 9 years
whoa, that's close!
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i'm a writer and i love a great script so i'm gonna always be a tv person. but i have a life and i read tons of books (my personally library is pretty impressive), listen to music at work all day, volunteer on a regular basis, play organized sports, workout, write my own stuff, take ballet and belly dance, play video games and a host of other things. you can still have a life and watch tv!!!!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I already have given up most tv. I TIVO 2 soaps and a couple design and fashion shows. Other than that, I watch some sports. I'd rather play Wii that watch television.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 9 years
If I was in school yeah sure, I don't watch TV that much there. But out of school, absolutely not! I wouldn't know what to do with myself.
witchbaby witchbaby 9 years
during highschool i basically gave up TV (Conan was the only thing I watched) so I had more time to do homework,read books and thats when I wasn't as big of a procrastinator like now. Now I only watch like 3 shows(since its summer) but I can pretty much download them later/ watch online. I'm more of a tv on dvd type of girl. I couldn't live without my DVD player or the internet!!! my parents are tv junkies so I don't think they could survive no TV!
tlight tlight 9 years
I cancelled my cable about two months ago. Now, I watch series I really enjoy on DVD when I want to. Other times, I listen to audio books for entertainment. I get way more done now.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
for a day, or two yes.
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