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Old 02-17-2011, 11:21 PM
Location: SW Missouri
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Originally Posted by Dingler View Post
Some times I wish they had never invented TV. I suspect that the boob tube has stopped people from communicating for 50 years. Without TV maybe more people would spend time talking.

My retired Mother in law is addicted to the TV set. She turns it on when she wakes in the morning and basically watches it until the evening news ends at 11:30 PM. She may talk a little but the TV is her main source of communication. Most of her comments are about something that is on the TV.

Do you know anyone else who has moved into retirement who just sit in front of the TV all day?
Well, here in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks, there are lots and lots of welfare mamas and people on "disability" who spend all day, every day, and all night as well, camped in front of the television set; and this includes children of these people. It is not limited to retired folks.

Our society caters to young people and there are frequently very few things for older people to do. Perhaps your MIL would like to enjoy other activities, but there isn't much to choose from.

Most women your MIL's age spent their entire lives taking care of a household and raising children only to discover as they got older they have no other interests. Personally, being an "indoor" person myself, I don't see anything wrong with your MIL doing what she enjoys doing. What difference does it make? I am no fan of television, but when you don't have many other options, it is better than nothing.

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