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    Aug 15, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    How much television do you watch?

    Over the years I've ben watching less and less TV. Nowdays, the TV gets turned on maybe once or twice a month for an hour or so.

    Millions of chanels but nothing to watch that interests me. Can't stand chanel surfing.

    Sure, there are funny sitcoms and made for TV specials, but really, for me it's not worth the time. I would rather be doing something else.

    I guess I feel strongly about this because of my living situation with my BF years back. There were countless times when BF was engrossed in the tube and not paying any attention to me. TV is a great thing to use when you want to avoid doing something else.

    So now whenever I date someone who starts talking about all these TV shows and the actors/etc.....a big red flag goes up.
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    Aug 15, 2008 7:01 PM GMT
    I can relate. While I take a few peeks now and then, I generally stopped watching television four or five years ago. Gets awkward when my friends start talking about the shows they watch.

    Good thing is, they're sensitive enough to keep that topic short when I'm around. Either that or I ask questions.
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    Aug 15, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    For real. Last time I switched the TV open and watched something (for 5 minutes before switching it back off) was 3 weeks ago.

    I haven't watched TV regularly for years now. But mostly it's because we don't have cable LOL. If we had NGC or Discovery I'd watch it more often. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 15, 2008 8:23 PM GMT
    Sedative saidFor real. Last time I switched the TV open and watched something (for 5 minutes before switching it back off) was 3 weeks ago.

    I haven't watched TV regularly for years now. But mostly it's because we don't have cable LOL. If we had NGC or Discovery I'd watch it more often. icon_razz.gif


    I agree......Discovery and NGC and Nature shows are interesting if I catch em.
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 15, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    News shows some PBS This Old House and CSI Vegas grew up with Paul Gilfoyle (Capt Brass) Could cut broadcasting to 20 hours a week and it would be fine
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    Aug 15, 2008 8:35 PM GMT
    I live on my own so I tend to keep the tv on a lot of the time just for the noise.

    However I haven't 'really' watched it since I left home at the start of college.
  • Puppy80

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    Aug 16, 2008 2:42 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI may watch an hour a day.

    I'm such a sucker for X-files on cable.

    But there are times when I go days without watching TV.

    When I was very sick with cancer it was all that I could do to help make the time go by. I watched it all day.

    Now that I'm better I don't put it on all that much. But I do like to rent movies I've missed at the theater. I also like to invite friends over for the movie as well. It's more social that way.


    When's movie night? :-)
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    Aug 16, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    I don't really watch much TV but I generally have the news or CNN on in the back ground. Of course, there are exceptions. Desperate Housewives, Samantha who? and Judge Judy
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    Aug 16, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    And I have to atleast give Ellen props, although I don't sit in front of the TV to watch, I just listen.
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    Aug 16, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
    I don't get people who say "I don't watch television," as if they are proud of it. The television is one of the single-most influential inventions in civilization today. To say proudly "I don't watch television" is like saying proudly, "I don't use the wheel!"


    [I stole the above from some comedian; I forget who. But the point is, I agree with it.]

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    Aug 16, 2008 4:20 AM GMT
    I don't have a TV here :
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    Aug 16, 2008 4:34 AM GMT
    Paying to watch ads sucks balls in a bad way.

    I have my constant supply of digital crack from Netflix and pretty much leave it at that.

    I'm going through withdrawal right not, I finished all my new books and now I'm aimlessly wondering around, seeking a filler for the hole that is my soul.
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    Aug 16, 2008 4:54 AM GMT
    People who proudly say, "I don't watch TV," are O.K. in my book.

    90% of what comes over the idiot box is mind candy or worse.

    I bought a TV down here in Mexico City to help improve my Spanish, but I realized I can't stand TV and have more interesting ways of spending my time, so it's (permanently it seems) in my roommate's room.

    TV is addictive. When I stay with friends in the Bay Area, I get sucked right in to HGTV or Logo. Thank G*d, it's only for a week or so.

    Charlie

    Now to get a handle on my Internet use.
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    Aug 16, 2008 5:19 AM GMT
    People who say proudly "I don't watch TV" just demonstrate their inability to be selective in how they control their environments.

    Remember, YOU decide what to watch, the TV doesn't. You can watch the science channel, or historical dramas, or "Gossip Girl." The choice is entirely yours.

    I mean, as long we are over-generalizing here... you can see someone who doesn't watch T.V. as some kind of noble intellectual who "chooses to do better things with his time"; or you can view him as someone who is so incapable of making wise choices about how to use technology that he'd rather alienate himself from one of the most amazing informational tools of the era just because he might accidentally consume a product (program) he doesn't like.
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    Aug 16, 2008 5:22 AM GMT
    In summer I never watch TV although I have digital channel so many and many films etc but I am too busy at the Beach and swimming and out in Town but in Winter I like to Watch it!
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    Aug 16, 2008 5:27 AM GMT
    Right now my satellite box says "maximum operating temperature exceeded" WAAHHHHH!

    Actually, I've had the cable or sat disconnected several times, for a few years, out of boredom. Usually it blows the mind of the person taking the order. "You're not moving? WTF?" When I get it hooked up again, all the reruns are new!

    These days, I put the few shows that interest me on my DVR list, and watch them whenever I have a chance.

    For some reason, I only look at "Discovery" and "The Science Channel" and the like when I'm sick and confined to the couch. They keep rolling the same shows over and over. Usually if I watch for four or six hours, I'll see several people who I know. Once in a coon's age, I'll see myself looking stupid in some old recycled clip on there.
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    Aug 16, 2008 5:46 AM GMT


    We watch the news.

    An awful lot of guys here are saying they don't watch stuff on TV, but I'll bet you guys watch stuff on your COMPUTER! heheh.
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    Aug 16, 2008 5:55 AM GMT
    There's lots to watch. You just have to be selective. One night recently I couldnt sleep and watched the entire series of 10,000 BC. It was good!

    Some people think it has to be a book to be good. And they have this historical perspective of books and wonderful things that great people of the past have said about them. Personally, I think if video had been around long ago, people would have been watching them, too. Many subjects...if not most...can be so much more clearly and interestingly presented via video. Of course, if you are watching TV, you only get the one pass at watching it. If you have it on DVD, you can review thbe information repeatedly, like you can reread or study a book.
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    Aug 16, 2008 8:06 AM GMT
    GregStevensTX saidPeople who say proudly "I don't watch TV" just demonstrate their inability to be selective in how they control their environments.

    Remember, YOU decide what to watch, the TV doesn't. You can watch the science channel, or historical dramas, or "Gossip Girl." The choice is entirely yours.

    I mean, as long we are over-generalizing here... you can see someone who doesn't watch T.V. as some kind of noble intellectual who "chooses to do better things with his time"; or you can view him as someone who is so incapable of making wise choices about how to use technology that he'd rather alienate himself from one of the most amazing informational tools of the era just because he might accidentally consume a product (program) he doesn't like.


    I know what you are saying..Tv is the perfect thing sometimes in some situations.......but for me it takes too much time to BE selective.....trying to find something good to watch.....the time wasted looking and clicking is not worth it. I would rather be doing something.
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    Aug 16, 2008 8:08 AM GMT
    haha... way too much

    i love tv and movies icon_razz.gif

    don't get me wrong, I'd rather be outside.. but there are a few things that I love to watch.
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    Aug 16, 2008 8:11 AM GMT
    Caslon6000 saidThere's lots to watch. You just have to be selective. One night recently I couldnt sleep and watched the entire series of 10,000 BC. It was good!

    Some people think it has to be a book to be good. And they have this historical perspective of books and wonderful things that great people of the past have said about them. Personally, I think if video had been around long ago, people would have been watching them, too. Many subjects...if not most...can be so much more clearly and interestingly presented via video. Of course, if you are watching TV, you only get the one pass at watching it. If you have it on DVD, you can review thbe information repeatedly, like you can reread or study a book.


    i would love to be on "SUPERMARKET SWEEPS"........I would clean out the place.
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    Aug 16, 2008 12:50 PM GMT
    I've switched to watching television shows online, for the most part. My roommate "accidentally" erases shows I've taped on the DVR and I just decided I really didn't need the TV if I have my computer. I can watch a whole season of a show in a night if I feel like. I do watch quite a few shows, but I still read more than anyone I know, so I figure it balances it out - at least that's how I justify it. There are quite a few well-written shows out there right now - Weeds, Lost, and Reaper are my current favorites.
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    Aug 16, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI'm a huge fan of the Discovery, History and Animal Planet channels.

    Anyone for an episode of Meerkat Manor? I wanna know what's up with the Whiskers. They're so cute! So lovable!

    Meerkat-Manor-Season-One.jpg


    I <3 meerkats!

    Timon ftw! LOL
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    Aug 16, 2008 4:21 PM GMT
    I make my living from television, but I think that most of what is on television is a HUGE waste of time. Do not miss the point here: I love my NBC Nightly News, my CNN, HGTV, History Channel and A & E, and of course, UFC and Spike, but ANYTHING going in the real world around me trumps what might be on TV.

    I would prefer to experience life rather than watch others do it on TV.
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    Aug 16, 2008 4:25 PM GMT
    I tend to have it on in the background. I don't pay much attention to it and I can't imagine actually concentrating on one programme for more than 15 minutes. Isn't that weird?