Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I hate TV

I do. I hate it. It's official.

It hit me today that not only do I find TV boring and uninspiring, I resent it for taking away so many hours out of my life.

When I was younger, I watched TV incessantly. In my 20s I did, too. Today, I probably watch an hour or less a week, and I loathe myself for doing that rather than working on my writing, reading a book, playing with my son, going to the gym or just sleeping.

I don't deny that TV can be entertaining, but it's just gotten to the point where I'd like to say to ABC, Fox, NBC, et cetera, "Give me back all those hours!" Can you imagine how exciting that would be? Getting hundreds of hours BACK to do anything you wanted?!?

Sure, you'd be unable to recite lines from "The Simpsons" or "Seinfeld", but you'd have time to travel, learn, enjoy life! Wow!

Incidentally, my family doesn't fully embrace my stance.

My mother loves TV.
My husband loves sports (on TV).
And my son has become a fan of ice hockey and NASCAR (on TV).

*sigh*

I've threatened to call the cable company and stop our subscription, but I think I'd be drawn and quartered. So for now I seethe in semi-silence, casting angry glances at the flickering screen.

4 comments:

jason evans said...

I can't say I watch much TV either. I don't have enough time as it is, so watching usually is relegated to the times I don't have energy to do anything else.

Barbara Martin said...

After I spent two years in England without TV and returned to Canada, I can honestly say that I have watched very little TV. In fact, the only TV I do watch is at a friend's once or twice per year. The only thing I use a TV for is to watch DVDs.

Not having TV programs to watch actually assists with creativity and being able to work on manuscripts.

Mary Witzl said...

Oh, I agree! And I love your labels.

I'm always meeting people who wonder how I have the time to write -- they never have ANY time, they assure me. And then they'll talk about some dopey thing they were watching on TV and I'll think "You do too have time if you can waste it on that." But I never say it; I'm already enough of a pariah for hating TV.

The Quoibler said...

Jason:

I agree. The only time I watch is if it's on at someone's house or at the gym (and I can't read while on the machinery.)

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Barbara:

Wow! Once or twice a year? That's even radical by my standards! :)

But I'd love to spend a year without Hollywood cramming crap down my throat.

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Mary:

Thanks! I thought you might agree!

We all have the same amount of time; sometimes people forget that.

Angelique