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Originally posted by they see ALL
i hope you know that americans (hehe) are ADDICTED to tv...
Originally posted by American Mad Man
OK people - someone man up. It's 30 days. Are you that weak? Does something a simple as a TV have that much control over you?
Originally posted by coney
I know watching movies on TV is verboten, but what if you rent them and watch them on your VCR, or DVD player? I looked for that part in this thread and didn't see it, so does that count as "watching TV"? Or is it just movies played on TV stations that we can't watch?
I think I'll try to give it up for Lent (not that I'm religious, its just a good amount of time to give something up) No more Simpsons for me for 40 days.
Originally posted by spadesy
What I have found is that watching TV alone is more depressing that with someone else, as there is some possible interaction outside the broadcast with them, much like information technology.
It seems harder for most people to accept this experiement as the benifits are not balanced on both sides of the valued results. Lifestyle preperation and understanding from others sharing the television set, who may seem opposed, are required before starting.
Naturally, I don't think anyone can just stop watching, without any sort of planning, though I wonder whether it is easier than a food diet, for example. You can't start eating like crazy after the diet, so why go back to watching the TV like last week?
Originally posted by justyc
thank you for offering to participate lost_soul. i am hoping you will pick option 2 or 3 as i still have no definate volunteer for either it seems.
somehow it seems easier for people to say they can switch a tv off but can't seem to be able to sit in front of it for the amount of time they would normally watch it for, but without picture or sound and to record their observations.
Originally posted by blanketgirl
It seems like people want to make this really complicated. I'm telling you from experience, all you have to do is not turn the tv on. It's really that simple. You will figure out the rest as you get there. You can find something better to do with your time, I promise. People get over it and figure out what else to talk about, I mean you might run into conversations about real life for once.
Originally posted by spadesy
If this experiment were presented better, then I wouldn't be so complicated, and there would be many more partticipants. There is no hypothesis or structure, so really it is a challenge with a diary. I'd like to know what people expect, before they start, and what to expect during and after.
Originally posted by superdude
Interesting indeed. Funny thing is, that before I was married, I didn't even own a TV. I never watched TV, except for sporting events at a bar. Never really was interested. I read alot, wrote quite a bit, played alot of guitar, and listened to music almost all of the time.
Now several years into a marriage, I still don't watch very much, except for The Simpsons - LOVE that show. Now that I have a baby, the only thing on is Elmo, Sesame street...etc..... I know the words to every freakin Sesame Street song ever.........
I can say absolutely that if I had no family, I would trash the TV.
I'll be interested to see what type of response you get here.
Originally posted by Ric
In any case, life without tv isnt that bad, excluding the cinemas.