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Six years ago, I was moving into Austin Hall at Wilmington College. Students on the volunteer Move-In Crew carried my boxes and totes up the stairs to the second floor (hooray for not being on the fourth!) and then my mom and I went down the road to Wal-Mart to buy more stuff. Desk organizers, a box fan, notebooks, all those necessary college things.
One thing I didn’t have was a TV – and I didn’t really miss it. I didn’t have a TV the entire time I was in college. People noticed, and they thought it was weird, but I had other things to do. I was in a million clubs and had a full course load of classes. If I really wanted to watch TV, I could use a friend’s or go to the lobby. Plus, I had precious little space and money and didn’t need to spend it on a television. I watched DVDs on my laptop if I wanted to watch something.
TV, pro: Relaxation. TV, con: Distracts from priorities.
Fast forward to 2009, when I got an apartment with my fiance and got married a month later. We got a TV as a wedding gift from his parents. And our lives revolved around it. It seemed that all we ever did was eat and watch television. When I left, I left the TV too.
TV, pro: Able to watch my favorite shows. TV, con: The nucleus of our life together. Very depressing.
I moved in with my mom, and my stepdad decided that he wanted Satellite TV. With a DVR. I was able to record Doctor Who whenever I wanted, and then watch it later. I even turned my mom into a Whovian. Success. However, at my parents’ house, you have to practically scream over the TV, because my stepdad loves it and leaves it on all the time, and he’s hard of hearing so the volume is always up really loud. It’s even on at dinner. I don’t understand.
TV, pro: DVR. TV, con: HUH?! WHAT?! I CAN’T HEAR YOU.
I do not hate TV; there are several shows I love and watch whenever I can. But I do not need a TV. I can watch those shows on my laptop with ease and I don’t need to spend money on a large, fragile appliance that I will have to move next time I relocate. I don’t need to spend money on cable. I don’t need to be limited to one room for entertainment. I can take my laptop anywhere and watch shows on Netflix or Hulu.
My partner has his own TV needs so I’m sure we’ll have to come to a compromise later in life when we’re combining stuff. He does have a nice TV though.
What do you think about the great fixture of society that is the television? Yay or nay?