Unplugged

I had to share this comic strip with you all, it's hilarious.

As many of you know, my husband and I decided to take the TV out of our home five years ago. Best decision we ever made! Instead of watching life go by, we’re living it, participating in it.

I challenge everyone to go a week without TV and please let me know how it goes, what you learn, what I’m missing (if anything!). Would love to hear about your experiences.

Comments:

Nice one. I do watch a lot less TV than I used to, especially as a growing number of my evenings are taken up either with attempts to take some exercise, or conf calls with the West Coast...
But I can't afford to be smug; I'm sure my Internet connection serves as just as much of an opiate these days as the 'idiot box' ever used to.

Posted by Robin Wilton on December 02, 2005 at 02:19 AM CST #

My wife and I bought a Replay TV. Perhaps it's not as good as completely getting rid of the TV, but we've definitely noticed that we're seeing a lot more of our families and friends, and we watch the shows we like whenever we want to watch them. Like Law & Order at 8 AM on a Saturday, when we're just lazing around. It's nice not being enslaved by the boob toob, or subject to all the commercials. :) I think we'll try a week with no TV, though. Just to see how it goes. Thanks.

Posted by Tim Kennedy on December 02, 2005 at 02:35 AM CST #

Sara:

Congratulations on weaning yourself away from TV. I take my hat off to you. It shows a discipline few people can muster.

I know I watch too much TV, but there are good things you miss - like live Phoenix Suns basketball!

And frequently, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to which I belong, broadcasts great live speeches from headquarters in Utah - particularly at the semi-annual General Conferences. I can't get the video any other way.

Mark

Posted by Mark Dixon on December 15, 2005 at 08:42 AM CST #

What you did was probably one of the most "time-winning" things a human can do. My wife and me had the TV switched off for more than five years when I used to work until late and she started to read tons of books. We found that we do not miss TV at all. Instead we went out to see our friends and family more often. Now with two kids and the new house we have TV, yes we do. But it is installed in the basement instead of the living room and the kids most time forget about asking for TV. If the set is switched on the kids are allowed to watch cartoons from DVD (the old ones with Mickey Mouse and Popeye) and after they went to bed I normally sit down to watch the replay of the local news.

Posted by Martin Kast on August 22, 2006 at 07:54 PM CDT #

Sara,

I remember you always had your nose in a book through elementary when I used to come and see your brother almost every weekend. I don't really remember much TV at your house. Sorry I saw you online and wanted to say hi and you still look great. I havent forgot our first dance when you were a foot taller than me in second grade...lol Who needed TV anyway?

Posted by Christopher Corwin on September 25, 2009 at 09:30 AM CDT #

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