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Old 10-04-2016, 04:28 AM
 
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The television is turned on only for an hour a day at night, from 8 to 9 (and some days not at all). And never broadcast TV (except for the political debates). The one hour can be a 30 or 60 minute TV show (made for Netflix/Amazon/HBO/PBS) or half of a movie or some TED talks streamed from YouTube onto the computer.

Most television doesn't interest me. Can't understand why every restaurant has it on. But I do love the one hour I carefully select. Just completed Downtown Abbey. Currently watching Transparent. Woody Allen has a new series through Amazon, but it's getting terrible reviews, so will just forget it.
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:59 AM
 
Location: In the realm of possiblities
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We DVR everything, and when we think it's time to watch TV, usually once a week, we can fly through those mostly inane commercials. Sometimes we get a "Free view" weekend through our provider, and we find current movies to record. But, as cyberspace has crept into our lives more, and more, we spend a good deal of time on the computer listening to Pandora, and doing different things. My wife puts jigsaw puzzles together on a site she likes, and I like to research things, look at news, and do surveys for rewards. It works for us.
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Old 10-04-2016, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We no longer own a TV.
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Asheville NC
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I'm always amazed at how so many people are self-righteous about tv watching, having housekeepers, and going out to eat at expensive resturants. I see nothing wrong with doing what you enjoy, and can afford.

We are very physically active, so far in our retirement. We enjoy watching sports, movies, Netflix series and news. Why not?
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:21 AM
 
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I'm always amazed at how so many people are self-righteous about tv watching, having housekeepers, and going out to eat at expensive restaurants. I see nothing wrong with doing what you enjoy, and can afford.

We are very physically active, so far in our retirement. We enjoy watching sports, movies, Netflix series and news. Why not?
Not sure who has been self-righteous here. I simply said I have no interest in broadcast TV or watching more than one hour a day. Some people note that they don't even have a TV, but I don't see any judgments made about those who do. Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I just love, love, love reading books, biographies my favorites, and anything historical or non-fiction. Like just having finished reading The Gangs Of New York (was it really non-fiction?????), I like to read a paragraph, imagine, reading another page, imagine, sometimes even a sentence, and imagine, just what it was like living in those hell-holes in the 1800's. Seeing it on film or TV just wouldn't be the same, as someone told me they made a movie of it. I've been disappointed, too many times, having read a book that became a movie, where I have felt cheated.

The times I've promised myself some TV time, I lay down on the couch, and within minutes, I'm fast asleep. Just something about it makes me drousy and sleepy.

I work part time in a Long-Term Care facility, where the TV's are on in the rooms, sometimes, 24 hours, so I do catch flashes of TV watching on the run. For those confined, disabled, with their health compromised, it can be a lifesaver from utter boredom.
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:52 AM
 
Location: In the Endless Mountains
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Since retiring I watch on average 7-9 hrs a week of TV. It is not the main occupier of my time, as I am involved with church activities, hobby, work around the home and gym exercising. I don't consider myself a church potato, even though, prior to my retirement I would watch less than 10 hours of TV a month.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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The TV is always on but it's usually just back ground noise. If I sit down to watch it I'm usually so exhausted that it just puts me to sleep. I rarely like total quiet these days. When I was working I was on sensory over load because of the noisy environment. Now sometimes total quiet is too boring. I would say that I watch about 5 hours of TV a day now, even though it's on for more hours then that.
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:12 AM
 
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TV is on all day as long as I'm home. BUT...the laptop is plugged into it. Wireless keyboard and mouse are my "remotes." The only TV I watch is free stuff on the net (and sometimes Judge Judy, off the air of course). I wouldn't drop a nickel for the junk on TV these days. I even avoid any old shows that run on Hulu because of the annoying (and loud) advertisements.
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:26 AM
 
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I just love, love, love reading books, biographies my favorites, and anything historical or non-fiction. Like just having finished reading The Gangs Of New York (was it really non-fiction?????), I like to read a paragraph, imagine, reading another page, imagine, sometimes even a sentence, and imagine, just what it was like living in those hell-holes in the 1800's. Seeing it on film or TV just wouldn't be the same, as someone told me they made a movie of it. I've been disappointed, too many times, having read a book that became a movie, where I have felt cheated.

The times I've promised myself some TV time, I lay down on the couch, and within minutes, I'm fast asleep. Just something about it makes me drousy and sleepy.

I work part time in a Long-Term Care facility, where the TV's are on in the rooms, sometimes, 24 hours, so I do catch flashes of TV watching on the run. For those confined, disabled, with their health compromised, it can be a lifesaver from utter boredom.
I am a reader, too....but for some reason, if the tv isn't on while I am reading, in two pages I'm out like a light. Spent many an afternoon in the hammock outside napping with a good book....
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