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to wonder why people have the TV on all day long.

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iwuddarryl Wed 17-Feb-16 13:17:32

Is it constantly on in the background?
Or do you only turn it on mid afternoon/evening?
Are you selective with your viewing?

MY OH was recently made redundant and I am CRAVING piece and quiet. Before he was around 24/7, I would have it turned off most of the morning, but he switches the tv on at 6am and it STAYS on. all. day. long. angry
It's as if he can't sit in a room without the box blaring away.

I like tv as much as the next person, but I HAVE to have a couple of hours piece and quiet in the house every day.
If I don't I feel stressed.
He says I'm unusual and being unreasonable.
Am I?

LineyReborn Wed 17-Feb-16 13:20:18

I'm with you, OP. I can't bear competing over a tv blaring away to be heard.

Also I work from home and need to concentrate.

LineyReborn Wed 17-Feb-16 13:20:45

(Why I'm on MN obviously) grin

jeanswithatwist Wed 17-Feb-16 13:20:50

Loneliness, depression, boredom..

EatShitDerek Wed 17-Feb-16 13:21:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BackInTheRealWorld Wed 17-Feb-16 13:21:51

Oh no I wouldn't like that. But I also hate what we have in the kitchen which is talksport on constantly.

NeedACleverNN Wed 17-Feb-16 13:21:53

Tv is always on here. I was raised with it always on in the background.

People who don't have it on are weird to me.

I always wonder what they do

lifesalongsong Wed 17-Feb-16 13:22:05

I'd hate that too although I have the radio on all day which I suppose is the same thing, I don't understand how people can be in the house by themselves in silence.

A television playing to an empty room is a pet peeve of mine, I always seem to be turning it off in the evening

ButterIsAngelSpunk Wed 17-Feb-16 13:22:49

I have it on for background noise really. I'm a single parent to my DS who is not yet 2, and I do get kind of lonely. It's mainly on CBeebies all day till he goes to bed around 7:30.

dontcryitsonlyajoke Wed 17-Feb-16 13:23:33

The TV is only on when we're watching it. But then the radio is only on when we're listening to it. We like quiet as the background to our daily life rather than a hum from the tv/radio.

Plenty of people don't like the quiet though, which is fair enough, but it's just a shame you're married to one!

redexpat Wed 17-Feb-16 13:23:46

Im so with you. DHs days off really stress me out for the reasons you name. Why cant he turn on the radio instead?

lifesalongsong Wed 17-Feb-16 13:24:24

needaclevernn - maybe that's what it is, when I grew up we never had the television on and I can't understand how people can have it on if they aren't actually watching it - what's the point of that?

Iamnotloobrushphobic Wed 17-Feb-16 13:25:12

We have it on all day in the background, volume turned quite low. !ost of the time nobody is watching it. My mum has hers on all day but with the volume turned really high which I can't stand.

iwuddarryl Wed 17-Feb-16 13:25:24

Liney, I get 'well you're on the laptop and I'm not moaning at you'.
But the laptop doesn't intrude into the whole house. It's not encroaching other's space.

I just don't get what's so terrible about peace and quiet.
Why do you have to have the constant blah blah blah in the baring at you confused

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Wed 17-Feb-16 13:25:41

I get bored in silence. Am not depressed or lonely or bored as someone suggested.

LagunaBubbles Wed 17-Feb-16 13:25:51

Im with your DH, cant stand silence myself and if Im in the house would have it on for background noise, probably one of the music channels.

Lightbulbon Wed 17-Feb-16 13:25:59

I have to have noise all the time or I get quite anxious.

It's not 'blaring' though.

Most of the time I'm reading or doing something else.

cleaty Wed 17-Feb-16 13:26:06

I like quiet. So I don't like TVs or radios on in the background. Other people need some kind of noise in the background or it seems too quiet.

NerrSnerr Wed 17-Feb-16 13:26:14

Ours is on all day. I hate absolute silence.

m0therofdragons Wed 17-Feb-16 13:26:36

I hated silence when I had dd. Now I have 3 dds and cherish peace and quiet.
We have it on a lot but dc watch what they want to then take themselves off to play often they're taking turns to watch what they want so it's on a lot. We have dc of friends come to play and it has to go off or dc stand like zombies so I think it depends on the dc. We're all different.

Doubleuponcoffee Wed 17-Feb-16 13:26:47

My sister does this. Just habit and background noise to stop her getting bored I think

Seriouslyffs Wed 17-Feb-16 13:27:29

Radio 4 people!
Or radio 6 or podcasts or music- give you poor eyes a rest.

iwuddarryl Wed 17-Feb-16 13:29:38

The news is watched every hour. Without fail.
Whats the bloody point of that?

There's no need to watch the news more than once a day (two at the most), but every bloody hour?
and don't get me started on the weather

NickNacks Wed 17-Feb-16 13:30:01

I even have to have it on to fall asleep. blush I have atrocious sleep habits, luckily me children haven't followed in my footsteps.

Noofly Wed 17-Feb-16 13:30:04

DH does this. It drives me up the wall! He does it because his father does it. He'll even leave the house (me still home) and not bother switching it off!


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