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You know, I've never had one: not a big deal, I find plenty of other ways to waste my time. However, there's one thing I don't understand. How do people who watch a couple hours of TV @ night every get anything done?
You work from 8-6, come home & eat(7 pm). Talk to your spouse, maybe play with the dog/kid(7:30). follow up on the bills/phone calls(8:30 pm). Clean up a bit(9 pm), maybe workout/read an article you're interested(10 pm): volia, it's bed time.
Where'd the TV come in? How's that work?
 
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Well, when I was a lad, we had the classic American TV family; after dinner, family repairs to the TV room. Dad worked in a factory; no articles to read. Mom did the bills, cleaning, and what-have-you during the day sometime.
Of course, Dad wasn't (isn't) a couch potato. On the table next to his chair, to this day, is a pile of tools, small pieces of wood, and wood chips. He'd carve while he watched TV. On the weekends, he's show his work at craft fairs.
These days, I have my own TV, and I have to admit, it's on fairly often. But I don't spend much time just sitting and staring. I pay the bills while the TV is on, for example.
I wonder how many people actually just sit and stare at it.
 
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Where'd the TV come in? How's that work?
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My collegues really wonder when I say I don't have a TV and I don't like to watch TV .
 
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I actually had a fella at work, nicest guy the world, call his wife and secure permission for them to give me thier spare TV .
I'll never forget the look on his face: like I'd just told him I had cancer.
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Well I guess some people are just content to watch wallpaper.
TV is like moving wallpaper.
 
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I will switch on the TV once I get up from the bed in the morning and will select some music channel. Will get ready to the office while I'm listening to the songs. Change to some news channel and listen to the news while having breakfast. I hardly switch it on in the evenings & nights.
Actually I don't watch TV, I just listen to TV, except when there is some cricket match going on
 
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i am strongly agree what you think.
i will not buy a TV if lived lonely.
Now i am persuading my GF.
 
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It just really seems like a waste: as waste of time, as waste of taste, a waste of focus. What are it's redeeming qualities?
News can be had better( and faster) through the net. Entertainment can be had though a DVD and/or a movie. Music can be had through radio, MP3, IPods, etc.
What am I missing?
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Okay, from the pitch of the thread, I might be asking for trouble, but I spend considerable amount of time in front of a telly every evening (an hour + ) and during weekends (lazy mornings).
There�s much of TV for me in morning rush � only if (very rarely) I decided to grab some breaky before heading to work, I might use that time to catch up with some news, for international news. (Local news is always on in radio, while I drive to work).
But evening is a whole different story � back from at seven, if its not one of those days (working late, gym, out for a pint etc), I can easily spend up to three hours watching/listening to TV (news, various programs, Simpsons, Futurama, Father Ted, Coupling, Who wants to be a millionaire, Tarrant TV, Takashi�s castle, anything funny � even Friends!), along with reading paper, waiting for the �slowest-pizza-delivery-in-the-entire-universe� to arrive, cooking, cleaning, anything!
Oh, weekend mornings are for Discovery � the Super Massive Machines, Super Structures, side-winders, alligators, Extreme Martial Arts, Blue whales, Earths core � they keeps me amused till noon!
 
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Max wrote:
News can be had better( and faster) through the net. Entertainment can be had though a DVD and/or a movie. Music can be had through radio, MP3, IPods, etc.


Hmm, I will have to disagree � watching 60+ year old Trevor McDonald stand in the dusty junction in some troubled area of Iraq (or in a high-rise in Kuwait), reporting live, is far more engaging than watching three different news stories in the net, IMPO.
Music is more fun when you know what the artist that you are listening to was up to last weekend (gossip). Its just as fun to watch how them showing off �Cribs� bigger than Buckingham (sp??) palace, with �I am sooo shallow� written all over them!
TV is so much more value for money these days, I wouldn�t mind investing a good amount in getting the right kit (32� wide-screen, 6.1 speakers etc).
Its all my very personal opinion though!
 
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i talk to my spouse WHILE we're eating dinner. i don't spend an hour on the phone or paying bills every night, maybe 5-10 minutes. i can watch TV WHILE i work out.

What are it's redeeming qualities?


I enjoy it. That is enough of a redeeming quality.
 
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I watch a hell of a lot of TV.
Black Books, Will & Grace, Angel, CSI, CSI Miami, Casulty, Holby City, Eastenders, Coronation St, Emmerdale, Bad Girls, Las Vegas are just some of the things I watch regularly (usually concentrating on it properly too) plus various other programmes I dip into.
I also work full-time, to go see live comedy at least twice a week, sometimes up to 5 times a week, and generally have a comedy gig myself once a week, have a boyfriend who lives 200 miles away who I visit regularly or he's here visiting me so we're out most of the time.I listen to the radio in the mornings whilst getting ready for work. I maintain 2 websites, write a blog, run a comedy club, am learning PHP and am writing a series of short stories at the moment as well as new material for my stand-up.
Don't ask me HOW I do it, I just do, and I couldn't do without TV.
 
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Originally posted by Angela Poynton:
Don't ask me HOW I do it, I just do, and I couldn't do without TV.


How does watching TV help?
 
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Originally posted by Angela Poynton:
I also work full-time, to go see live comedy at least twice a week, sometimes up to 5 times a week, and generally have a comedy gig myself once a week, have a boyfriend who lives 200 miles away who I visit regularly or he's here visiting me so we're out most of the time.I listen to the radio in the mornings whilst getting ready for work. I maintain 2 websites, write a blog, run a comedy club, am learning PHP and am writing a series of short stories at the moment as well as new material for my stand-up.


You wouldn�t have much trouble finding free time to write a book about �Time management�, would you?
 
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How does watching TV help?


Here's how it helps me... it lets me forget things for a while. I don't have to worry about bills, work, my sick relatives, the horrible problems in the world... it relieves much of the stress.
It also informs me, teaches me, educates me, and cheers me up.
so that's how it helps me.
 
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Ahh, the electronic pacifier. It has its place, especially on those days where you're feeling absolutely lazy and want to be entertained. Sort of like those chubby, bare-chested Greeks of ancient time we see pictured lying about idly, being fed grapes by a harem of beautiful women.
 
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Originally posted by Jeffrey Hunter:
Ahh, the electronic pacifier. It has its place, especially on those days where you're feeling absolutely lazy and want to be entertained. Sort of like those chubby, bare-chested Greeks of ancient time we see pictured lying about idly, being fed grapes by a harem of beautiful women.


Blimey. And I thought Eastenders was just about grumpy cockneys... somehow I'd missed the harem behind the Vic.
Personally I watch the news and some comedy, but not much else. Talking of Eastenders, I do find it funny how many people buy those magazines giving away the "secrets" of whats going to happen in the different soaps. What the hell is the point of watching it if you already know what's going to happen? Perhaps TV has replaced religion as "the opium of the masses".
 
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What is Eastenders? I guessing it's a popular UK show: is it along the same lines as Coupling or The Office?
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Originally posted by Max Habibi:
What is Eastenders?


EastEnders is one of the many (like, Coronation Street, the grand mother of all tv serials, going on for last 30+ years!!) that does 30 mins daily. Some are addicted to it, some need to know just enough to gossip at work, and some despise it!
 
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I'll never forget the look on his face: like I'd just told him I had cancer.


I get the same reaction just telling people I don't have cable. How in the world do I survive without HBO? Actually, I would love to get Comedy Central - South Park, Chapelle, Daily Show... but it would suck me in all day long.

You work from 8-6, come home & eat(7 pm). Talk to your spouse, maybe play with the dog/kid(7:30). follow up on the bills/phone calls(8:30 pm). Clean up a bit(9 pm), maybe workout/read an article you're interested(10 pm): volia, it's bed time.


Most people don't workout, read, or clean up. If you'd ever seen the Jerry Springer Show you'd know that.
Some people use the TV to help workout. I couldn't go for long without playing a bit of Dance Dance Revolution!
Actually, I think most people perform those tasks while watching TV. Thank goodness for commercials! Now that I think of it, some of the best conversations I've had with my wife were inspired by shows like Survivor and Apprentice.
 
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Originally posted by Max Habibi:
You work from 8-6, come home & eat(7 pm). Talk to your spouse, maybe play with the dog/kid(7:30). follow up on the bills/phone calls(8:30 pm). Clean up a bit(9 pm), maybe workout/read an article you're interested(10 pm): volia, it's bed time.


What abt bachelors
You work from 9-7/10-8 (IST) reach home by 7:30, watch sports, watch MTV, talk to girl friend while watching FTV. Cook food if you dont have cook while listening songs from SS.
Have dinner and read news-paper/magazine while watching some movie n-th time on HBO/star-movies.
Browse channels and watch some South-Indian sexy movie on Udaya .
Oh its 12:00 pm .. time to sleep (before sleeping a dose of Midnight-Hot on ftv again )
 
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talk to girl friend
You've been talking to my girlfriend?!
 
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even worse,
watching tv burns fewer calories than just sitting doing nothing
watching tv has many of the same known side affects as many addictions
watching tv is REALLY BAD for 1-3 year olds
who, on their deathbed, will say "I wish I caught one more episode of ER" ?
 
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Originally posted by Bert Bates:
even worse,
who, on their deathbed, will say "I wish I caught one more episode of ER" ?


George Clooney ?
 
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It seems that I used to watch TV a lot more before I got a computer.
 
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Originally posted by Marilyn de Queiroz:
It seems that I used to watch TV a lot more before I got a computer.


so you moved from one idiot-box to another
 
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