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11. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

i love tv. i purchased cable tv when i move to my own place and i use to watch tv all the time... i was a regular couch potatoe. my best friend wasnt allowed to watch tv, at all and she use to sneak it in her closet, which is quite funny. but if i had my books i wouldnt miss it. it would probably be healthier for me if i didnt have the tv. huh.

12. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Quoting Pardus

How about you, could you do without it?

Forgot to ask - does this include the DVD player??? We are movie addicts...

Isadora, forgot to mention myself, I watch a lot of DVDs on my laptop, so they don't count. I found that I got much more experimental in my choice of movies when I rent them, I found some really great stuff that way.

13. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I rarely watch it at all (except for sports). I admit to enjoying spending a couple of hours in foreign places just having a flit through what's on, even if (or preferably when) i can't understand much or any of it!

Admitedly I don't say no if i happen to be around when Simpsons, Futurama, West Wing or reruns of Monty Python are on, but don't make any effort.

I don't have a VCR, more than the most basic cable (it's included in my appt so i pay regardless) and whilst my laptop and Mac can both play DVD's, i've never actually done so.

14. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

If I had to live without TV, yes I could - but only if I had books or newspapers

15. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

probably but not without dvd's so i kind of feel like i'm cheating and at least if you take them away i'll have my books

16. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Pardus

Quoting isadora

Forgot to ask - does this include the DVD player??? We are movie addicts...

Isadora, forgot to mention myself, I watch a lot of DVDs on my laptop, so they don't count. I found that I got much more experimental in my choice of movies when I rent them, I found some really great stuff that way.

We haven't been to a movie theater since Prisoner of Azkaban. We prefer to watch them on our own time so we rent also. We make a point of watching the previews and in doing so, have found a large number of small and/or independent films to rent. As you said, there is really great stuff out there and most of it isn't the "blockbuster" everyone else wants to see. I absolutely love the quirky films found in all genres. TV rarely holds a candle to any of those! (Regular TV rarely holds a candle to much of anything esle.)

17. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I am not surprised that just about everyone has answered yes, they can live without TV. I have spent weeks on end in hotels, beach huts where TV reception is poor and the programmes in a language i don't understand, and i've no doubts most of you have as well. Not once have i wished they would put some english programmes on. However, i think if you asked us TP'ers if we could live without books and/or music the answer would be very different.

18. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

When I was backpacking around Italy last year I would often just stick on MTV if I was in a hotel or whatever. It's funny - there are 5 or 6 songs that would be played every hour and I cant hear them now without thinking about the trip. It makes me laugh because I was travelling alone so I often ended up just singing/dancing away in my little room somewhere in the wee hours of the morning when I couldnt get to sleep with the heat.

19. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Eve, it is so funny you brought that up...when I was in Europe last year (throughout 6-7 countries), when we would arrive at the hotel, we would put the music station. There are 3 or 4 songs that I heard over and over and over...and over again during the trip. Now, I cant think of anything else when I hear them on the radio sometimes.

On another note, I think TV has allowed people/families to get away from the "quality family time", book reading, dinner at the table together, and all the meaningful things other generations seem to cherish more than ours...

20. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Blue - One Love, The Ketchup Song by ..... and Black Eyed Peas, Where Is The Love where played over and over again in every single bar in Thailand on my last 2 visits there. When i hear them ocassionally i think of Thailand.