Does anyone NOT have a TV?

(205 Posts)
H1ghw4y61Revisited Sat 29-Oct-16 20:02:25

My little brother (12) is hoping to come and live with me in the new year. A friend of mine was joking about it today and said that will be the end of my having no TV in the house. Made me wonder if there are still people out there who chose not to have a TV in their house?

marvelousdcomics Sat 29-Oct-16 20:03:55

We don't have a TV. I have 3 boys (14,12&10). Never been a problem.

SparklyLeprechaun Sat 29-Oct-16 20:05:10

I've got one but I can't remember when was the last time I turned it on, if someone took it away I'd only notice because of the empty space on the wall, does that count?

MinnieMinchkin Sat 29-Oct-16 20:06:52

I know people with no TV, yet still watch programmes online via phone, tablet or PC.

user1471449040 Sat 29-Oct-16 20:07:15

we've never had one with catch up/iPlayer etc watch as much tv as want

usual Sat 29-Oct-16 20:08:39

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shrieklesoda Sat 29-Oct-16 20:08:46

I know quite a lot of people with no TV, usually for religious reasons. But I know at least one family who just don't have one because they don't want one.

SenecaFalls Sat 29-Oct-16 20:12:05

I don't know anyone who doesn't have a TV. Most people I know have more than one.

Room101isWhereIUsedToLive Sat 29-Oct-16 20:12:26

I don't have a tv. Just use my laptop for watching things. Don't think that a tv is a necessary item in this digital age.

sohackedoff Sat 29-Oct-16 20:12:46

I didn't have a TV for years. my neighbours gave me their old one because they obviously thought it was because I couldn't afford one and worried my DS would miss out. do, We have one but no TV licence. We have a subscription to Amazon prime.

I cannot remember the last time I switched it on. My son will watch a film but not TV as most people think of it. It's great that they don't see adverts.

JeanLouise123 Sat 29-Oct-16 20:13:28

We don't have a tv. Didn't have one as a teen either. Did as a child.

I do watch stuff online though, I imagine your brother can just do this too?

H1ghw4y61Revisited Sat 29-Oct-16 20:18:04

I don't have any particular objection to it, I just like a quiet house (I suppose I should say goodbye to that too grin) If I just get wifi and a laptop for him that would do the job? At 12 would it be fine for him to have control of this all himself or would I need to be monitoring? That's probably more a parenting kind of question I guess. So many things I have not considered confused

pringlecat Sat 29-Oct-16 20:21:13

I don't have one. Actually, I do, but it's completely broken and I can't be bothered to throw it out.

No one believes me when I say I don't watch television, but it's true!

MillionToOneChances Sat 29-Oct-16 20:22:05

My kids happily watch tv on phones and tablets. I don't think you necessarily need to monitor provided you have a good relationship and trust him.

Sunshineonacloudyday Sat 29-Oct-16 20:22:23

Get a laptop and DVDs or Metflix is good for kids programmes and films. Schools allow children to watch a film now and then.

Ragwort Sat 29-Oct-16 20:22:55

We have two tvs in the house but I rarely watch anything DH and DS monopolise with their choice of programmes. I grew up without a TV, of course it's perfectly possible. I never watch online or on a tablet wouldn't know how to.

Sunshineonacloudyday Sat 29-Oct-16 20:24:03

Buy him a set of books to read. Get a bike to ride on so he can play with the kids in the local area.

LauraMipsum Sat 29-Oct-16 20:24:26

We don't have one, just don't want one.

DD watches CBeebies on Iplayer sometimes (yes, we did buy a licence). I just don't really like TV much, I'd rather be on the internet or reading a book, and DP likes films more than TV.

19Hannah Sat 29-Oct-16 20:25:39

Have one because it looks nice as the main feature of the room, rarely watch it though, just catch up on Corrie on my iPad 🙈

PedantPending Sat 29-Oct-16 20:31:46

I have one, but I haven't switched it on for over a year.
My friend and her husband brought up their 2 children without a tv and some other friends of mine brought up 4 children without a tv. It is perfectly possible.
There is so much rubbish on these days, that I think a lot of people edit their viewing via Netflix or catch up on something like iPlayer.

CaoNiMao Sat 29-Oct-16 20:34:24

I've never had one. I watch stuff on YouTube and iPlayer if the mood takes me!

H1ghw4y61Revisited Sat 29-Oct-16 20:35:47

So much more common that I thought it would be. My ex-oh used to laugh because my furniture had nothing to point at 😂

nennyrainbow Sat 29-Oct-16 20:41:11

I had a friend at school whose family didn't have a TV ( and they were wealthy so it was a lifestyle choice). I don't know anyone now who doesn't have one.

We have one but I rarely watch it. Kids don't watch tv either although they use the screen for the Wii. Mostly they play computer games and surf. I don't think they would particularly miss the telly if we didn't have it. A home without wifi though....that would be another matter!

helpimitchy Sat 29-Oct-16 21:01:51

Ours is now in the attic after sitting unused for months. Dh used to watch dvds on it, but he can watch those on his laptop anyway.

I don't think there's anything on worth watching from what I understand.

allowlsthinkalot Sat 29-Oct-16 21:10:27

We don't have one. No reason other than we don't want one.

Laptop with wifi will be fine bit you will definitely need to be in control of it. No computers in bedrooms, parental controls, all open policy on social media and apps if he has those. He needs to know in advance that you will check the computer and that's a condition of use. Same goes for phone if he has one.

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