We have a television (it is huge and dominates our living room
) but it is never on during the day when the kids are awake.
The other night my mom was over and she wanted to watch a sporting event that was on while we ate dinner. She turned on the tv and turned up the volume. DD and DS ran to the screen and were transfixed!! DH came to the rescue and said no television during supper. My mom said that I loved tv and commercials when I was little. She was visibly annoyed.
My mom has the tv on in her house 24/7. It serves as background noise while she works on her computer and listens to music! It's sensory overload.
After her visit DH and I discussed moving the television where it is in a less obvious location. That way there will not be any temptation to turn it on when visitors are over.