I Hate TV! (Am I weird or is it just everyone else?)


I stopped watching TV in my teens (I’m now retired). It wasn’t a moral decision, (though it could have been) nor a wish to revolt against modern technology and actually I enjoy watching good movies and the odd documentary.
Rather it was a repugnance for the inferior quality trash that was being served out (it’s even worse now). I’m honestly not a snob and avoid “intellectuals” like the plague, I just can’t understand what attraction people see in watching it.
My father was very much addicted to his nightly “TV fix” so I’d sneak out after dinner (always served on our laps so he could watch) to paint and draw in the other room. After a while my mother joined me and we enjoyed our chatty evenings over paint and macramé while my dad watched on missing all the fun.
There’s never been the slightest temptation to get into watching it since and the really good part is all those “extra” hours I spent living instead of just watching.
I still have to grit my teeth and “endure” when visiting some of my relatives who have it playing as a kind of background noise that eventually sucks the heart from all conversation.
I do have some friends that feel the same (mostly alternative lifestyle types). I think it’s a bit like food, after you’ve had the good stuff for a while the junk food has no more appeal. When my kids were teenagers their friends couldn’t believe we didn’t have a TV license, but when they got a taste of what we did instead they were easily converted! Think about it if you had to choose between TV and a party for example which would you choose? No contest? You’re getting the idea…
Are there more that feel like me or am I the only one?

11 thoughts on “I Hate TV! (Am I weird or is it just everyone else?)

  1. Ohhhhhh Claire. I love this. I also am not a big tv fan. My hubby watches it every night. I can’t stand the sound of it in the mornings, nor when I have the place to myself in the afternoons to work. There are some things I watch, but very little indeed. If I really want to relax and watch something, it’s usually a Ted talk or some other thing with sustenance on Youtube.
    I love that your mom and you spent quality time together instead of being glued to the box.

  2. A @ moylomenterprises

    I no longer subscribe to cable (since 2012) since the smartphone has evolved into all-in-one gadget that allow all kinds of entertainment to travel with you wherever you go (as long as there’s adequate signal to facilitate high-speed data transfer) .

    My daughter gets her fix of shows via youtube and I get my fix of movies etc via amazon prime. Both from the same device, Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

    Technology has changed the way we seek entertainment and one can even read books from these devices as well. And of course, there’s blogging!

    So, though my reasons for not “watching tv” are slightly different I totally understand your point of view. It simply shows how creative your mind is and that is something to be treasured 🙂

    Have a fabulous day!

    • Thanks for responding. It’s interesting to hear what others think and do. One of my daughters (and family) are avid kindle readers. I’m old fashioned and have yet to be converted though she’s tried. I love the feel of books (I even find myself stroking the good ones sometimes as I read lol!) I do have a TV but it’s the kind that has a slot for DVDs and is permanently rigged to my old laptop so my grandson can watch BBCiplayer (my concession to him). Thanks for taking time to share. Have a great weekend!

  3. You aren’t the only one. I have Netflix for $8.00 per month and that’s more than enough t.v. I’ve gone for years at at time without t.v. and never missed it very much. My husband is another story but if it’s limited he gets used to not having it.

    • It’s great to hear from others who think the same (I also like movies which tend to be better quality on the whole as they don’t have to come up with one every week).

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