Just read this whole thread and now I'm completely depressed
I was tv-free before I met dh! Actually, I come from a split upbringing - my mom/stepdad had/have tvs in every room in the house, and my dad/stepmom did not own a tv. In retrospect, I prefer no tv. But, one day, my mom felt sorry for me and sent me a 9" porta-tv. Then, my dh and I moved in together, and he wanted to watch sports on a bigger screen, so he got a 19"(?) tv. Later we upgraded to a bigger TV/DVD system connected to a stereo.
I am presently embarking on a quest to declutter and simplify our lives (been fantasizing about this for years) and would love to declutter the tv outta here! But we, too, watch classic films on netflix.
Anyway, ds has been exposed in a very limited way, but after reading this thread I wonder if he has been permanently damaged
I've always strived towards "no tv" and totally believe in this tribe, but I have to admit that I've caved and turned it on when I was utterly exhausted.
So, long story short, I wish I could join your tribe, but we are tainted!
Hopefully in the very near future cable tv will be discontinuted in our home - the only obstacle is transferring my internet account to phone connection (it's presently a cable connection).
A question: I was under the impression that "tv exposure" included computer time and video game time. And obviously we all are using computers to get to MDC. And watching a DVD on a computer must be the same thing as watching it on a tv, right? Also, how important is it to any of you to practice the abstinence of tv watching which your are teaching to your kids? Some of you don't own a tv, so no one in the household watches, but others of you have admitted to watching "after the kids are asleep" etc. If I succeed in having a tv-free child, can I still watch movies from netflix after he goes to bed? And is there a difference between watching a movie on tv and going to the movies?