Tuesday, September 09, 2008

No Television?

Emma and I don't have a TV.

There are a lot of reasons for that. They aren't particularly holy reasons. They have to do with time, priorities, money, lack of interest, the ways that it affects our attention spans, and my own concerns about the effects of rapid display of pictures on the mind (see Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death). We decided while we were dating that we wouldn't have cable, but we still haven't bought a TV.

We're not better than other people. We still watch movies on a laptop (it means we have to cuddle to watch the movie--I like that part). We waste time on the internet.

But we also spend evenings going for walks, riding our bikes, doing puzzles, playing games, reading, and talking. In this early season of our marriage, we're forcing ourselves to talk and play and interact.

It's not for everyone, but we like it. Here is a story on the 1-2% of people who live without TV's.

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