|Pros of Not Having a T.V. in Your Home||Cons of Not Having a T.V. in Your Home|
|You are less distracted||Missing out on the latest shows|
|You have better control on what comes into your home||Your home (by some) will be considered a sheltered home|
|There is no remote to fight over||You have to watch your kids more, and entertain more|
|You don't need to spend money on one||You can't use some cool gadgets that smart TV's have|
|Family time is more meaningful ||If you want to watch something it will be on a small screen|
My husband and I have decided not to have a TV in our home. We both have computers and phones so if we want to watch something we can. It is just not our big focus. What are the Pros and Cons of doing this?
Pros of Not Having a T.V. in Your Home
- As a family, you are less distracted. On average, people watch about 4+ hours of television a day. If you were to take those hours and put them into a minimum wage job, that is tens of thousands of dollars you are earning instead of just sitting in front of the black box.
- You are in control on what comes into your home. As parents, we can prevent inappropriate stuff that would otherwise have been seen in a commercial or show without warning.
- There is no remote to fight over. That problem is solved. We all know that we've been there. Our kids don't even know what remotes do. Our kids think remotes are a phone at other friend's homes.
- We don't have to spend money on it. The TV, cable packages, pay per view, and still nothing to watch... Why burn all of your money on nothing?
- Family time can be more meaningful, with more interactive activities. It is tempting to count time spent watching TV as a family activity. I promise that if you turn the tube off and focus on interacting, your family will be 1000 times stronger!
Cons of Not Having a T.V. in Your Home
- You are missing out on the latest shows. That unforgettable new series all your coworkers are discussing at the water cooler? Ya... you won't have a clue.
- It can be considered a sheltered home. There is a certain stigma attached to families that protect their kids too much from the outside world. So expect some judgment from others for your choice to remove the TV from your house.
- You have to watch your kids more and entertain more. Those 4+ hours of TV that people watch TV a day. You're going to have to fill that time with something. Be prepared for crayons, parks, teaching your kids, and lots of messes.
- You Can't use YB or other functions that Smart TVs have. TVs have come a long way towards becoming over-glamorized smartphones on a wall. Just with cheap controls, (c'mon can't we get something better than the remote without breaking the bank??)
- Have to watch things on a smaller screen. I hope you brought your reading glasses. Our kids have never complained about all cramming on the couch for a show. The bigger our family gets, the harder it will be.
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Written By: Sarah