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Re: [Something] TV Turnoff Week

  • From"Kimberly Terrill" <kiter5@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateSat, 7 Apr 2007 01:38:34 -0400
wow, that's a lot of stimuli, both auditory and visual. I get overstimluated easily with noise and lights.
We have been watching more TV the past couple weeks. My kids have been sick and it's Spring Break and our little house guest from Honduras has enjoyed reading the Spanish Subtitles that go along with the spoken English (or vice versa). I can't wait for school to start up Monday and have less TV (and hopefully less sick kids)
I prefer watching "TV" online or getting an entire season on DVD.
Why are you watching TV from the bathroom? Why isn't the bathroom door closed?
I do feel the same about conversations at meal time... If God wanted us to talk during meals we'd have two mouths... or eat with our noses....
On 4/7/07, James Hazelton <jameshazelton@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Meh, I love tv. I keep it on in the background of my home life, and I find it difficult to eat a meal without turning it on. (It beats talking to family or friends; if God had meant for us to converse while eating, he wouldn't have given us both functions in the same mouth.) My two-person household contains four tvs--one of which I can see from the bathroom, which is convenient. Sometimes when I'm listening to music or a podcast, I'll have the tv on mute, just for the light and motion. In the mornings, I turn the tv on to wake me up. At night, I put the tv on its sleep timer to help me get to sleep. When I'm going for a short trip, I'll keep the tv on so it can greet me when I come home. I sometimes find it hard to play video games because I can't have the cable tv on when the tv is being used for my Wii. That's why I like handheld video games. I can "watch" tv and play the game at the same time. I should mention that I'm very rarely "watching" tv. I only actually watch it about 5% of the time it is on. About 20% of the time I am listening. The rest of the time, I am merely hearing. I tune it out completely most of the time; it's merely a comfort. My girlfriend is not so attuned to the tv, so she gets distracted even by commercials. It's annoying, and sometimes I have to turn it off just to get her to pay attention (but then I'm slightly uncomfortable).

It's cool that you guys live without tv. I'm not trying to be that "dude, you're a vegetarian? how do you live?" guy, so I hope I don't come off that way. I just wanted to represent an opposing viewpoint. Hm, I'm really glad The Empty City is a work of fiction...

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