Tale of Two Televisions

>> Wednesday, September 9, 2015

If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you probably didn’t see my recent petition of sorts.

Stephen and I can’t seem to agree on what to do with the living room television. I say get rid of it -- yesterday. He wants it to stay in case we ever have a Super Bowl party, for example (what?). I hate its many wires that curl around the mantle like a big, black octopus. He thinks a TV above the fireplace finishes off the look of the room.

I should mention that we have a TV in the basement family room. We don’t have cable (just Hulu + Netflix). We do have a handful of local access channels, including PBS, which is the only one we actually watch. It just made our overall internet bill less expensive to bundle. Weird. And we had been a one-TV family until we moved into this house. This one just happened to be bolted above the fireplace at sale.

Of course, this isn’t some heated or even important “issue.” Either we’ll get rid of it or we won’t. We’ll agree or agree to disagree. I’m just preoccupied. It’s made me think much more about our media consumption as a family. We started out so well with limiting Ada’s screen time and then got lazy. Even now, I’ll throw on an episode of Peg + Cat at lunch for background noise when we could otherwise just be chatting.

Is all this screen time hurting her?

On the flip side, I grew up in a house with a television in most every room (including my bedroom . . . and the kitchen!). I don’t think all those episodes of The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, or my weekly TGIF marathon rotted my brain. The jury is out on that one, I suppose.

I’d love to know . . .

What’s the television situation in your home?

And -- not really, but really -- do you agree with me that ours needs to go?!

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