One of the things I’ve experienced recently is the real issue of not having a television. This is at least in part due to my moving house – my old set is a great Samsung widescreen, which is neither plasma nor LCD. This CRT beast has remained at the home of my parents, simply because I’ve never managed to have the energy or the will to go and collect it.
One of the good points about this is that I’ve not been kept up far too late watching rubbish on television in my bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a television to watch, but it’s in the living room. I still tend to catch good TV, but realistically I never watched that much of it anyway. Of course, there’s nothing like being nice and warm in bed and watching some rubbish, but the mood rarely strikes me. Frankly, I prefer to read a good book.
A few of the guys at work are downloading more TV than you can shake a stick at. Stuff like Heroes and Dexter have both proven popular in the office and without having the latest technology, I’d be watching these on my laptop anyway. So, again, I’m not desperate for that TV to make an appearance.
Force of habit is not an excuse for something really so not having a TV in my room looks a little odd. But I’ve found it hasn’t caused me much harm and perhaps encourages me to get up a little more than otherwise. None of this lazing on a Sunday afternoon.
Now the negatives are of course, mainly from a gaming point of view. Sadly I haven’t had much 360 gameplay going on, which is particularly disappointing when I was fairly close to getting a 100% in the career mode on Forza Motorsport 2. Even worse, Assassin’s Creed is drawing near closer and I WILL be wanting to have my TV for that.
I guess all of this discussion on my lack of TV has made me realise that truly, some of the items we take for granted every day (whether they are in the living room, the kitchen or indeed anywhere else in the house) really aren’t that essential for our everyday survival. Oh my gosh, the toaster has shorted again? Hardly the end of the world now is it. Your car on the other hand, well that’s another issue for another article…