Monday, November 15, 2010

Why We Don't Have TV Service

In a nutshell: A couple years ago, we got rid of DirecTv and our beloved Tivo. We switched to just Netflix. Then we did the unthinkable, we got rid of Netflix too. Our library has gobs of DVDs and our church library has tons too. We don't lack for reasons to sit and be entertained.

I think it's funny when people say: "Did you hear about. . .?" and then they stop themselves. "Oh, no I guess you wouldn't have. You don't have tv." I say: we do have internet. ;)
The great thing about the internet is you only read what you want to read. You don't have to listen to a bunch of bad news while waiting to hear the weather report. Which brings me to my point.

At a get-together, someone said: "Did you hear about the mom who . . ." (I'll save you the gory details, because I sure didn't want to hear them.) She said it all so flippantly. I put my hands over my ears and said "Nuh-nuh-nuh, I don't want to hear about that, thank you."

I explained that I hadn't heard about it because we don't have tv service (and those aren't the kinds of stories I go looking for). She looked dumbfounded.

I don't miss being so used to hearing about the evils of the world that I become desensitized to it all. I don't want stories of moms who do horrendous things to their precious children to stream out of my mouth as if it were a weather report.

I don't miss having tv service.


Andrea H. said...

I couldn't agree with you more on the TV subject. My kids rarely watch anymore except a movie here and there during the weekend. Unfortunately and sadly I can't make the decision by myself so as for now my husband won't give in to give his tv up.

MamaMahnken said...

We don't miss it either! I always tease a friend of mine for not knowing what is going on, she doesn't have TV either, just internet, but I tell her: you can news on the internet too, and you can even believe some of it ;) And when I do catch some tv when we are visiting w/relatives, I am appalled by what passes as entertainment, but I don't think we need to start that convo here, I'd just be preaching to the choir. :)

MommaofMany said...

We recently canceled our satellite service. I am so glad!! I've been wanting to for so long.

April said...

We have a few more days of service left and then we will be tv free, too! I am so excited!

I have been asking hubby to do this for a while and he was never on board with the idea. One day he just said "Let's do it". We will have netflix and the internet to catch some of our favorite shows. But I am praying that our family finds better things to do with all the extra time :-)

Amanda said...

I just stumbled on you blog and saw this post about not having TV. It's been years since Ive had a TV in my home. I'm not just talking about TV service...I physically don't have one. There hasn't been one day that I've regretted the choice. Instead, I love time I now have to pursue my interests. :)