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Ive read a couple of posts recently which have nothing to do with watching TV , but mention has been made of cutting down on TV, particularly news programmes.

Ive not made a "conscious effort" to steer clear of the telly, but ive realised that i now hardly ever watch it. In fact ive begun to dislike it in a mild way.

Has anyone elses viewing habits altered over the years?

I ask this because its many peoples main source of knowledge and entertainment....and it did use to be mine. Ive just gradually drifted away from it.

asked 30 Apr '13, 16:40

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Monty Riviera

wikified 30 Apr '13, 17:45

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Barry Allen ♦♦

I don't have a tv. Although my roommate does, I watch it rarely, since I play computer games all the time.

(30 Apr '13, 17:16) CalonLan

I can't recall the last time that I watched television. Jai hates the television. So because she does, I haven't been able to watch the television.

(30 Apr '13, 20:14) Wade Casaldi

yes, much less, except for weather and what appears to be a good movie or animated series. also no more newspapers

(01 May '13, 05:50) fred

Ive the opposite problem Wade, my other half likes tv, i sometimes have to watch it!

(04 May '13, 03:04) Monty Riviera
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I have cut down on it dramatically. In the late 90's, I was watching about 3-4 hours per day: news stories, baseball games, comedy shows etc. And I would even have the TV playing when I was not watching it, just for background noise as I went about my business at home. Around 2001 I read one of the Living In The Moment type of books. I think it was by Eckhardt Tolle. The book pointed out how the negative information from TV is something like a psychic attack at times, and that it allows you to be bombarded with bad news, negativity, and so forth. When I realized this was true, and also added in the factors of the waste of time, and being lulled into complacency and bad buying decsions due to all the commercial advertisements, I decided that I would watch only one TV show per day and no TV News. This seems harsh but I have never regretted the decision one bit and TV is only a tiny fracion of my time now for years. Now that they are pushing prescriptions, fatty foods, chaos and more, I am so glad I am not listening to any of it.

There are worthwhile programmes on TV, documentaries, history shows and etc. I just record those so that I can skip the commercials, and I am very choosy about what I put into my mind.

Without the TV blaring in front of me and in the background of my life, I have the peace and time for real thought, real conversations and for positive actions.

You could always try it for awhile and see how you feel.

Best Wishes!


answered 30 Apr '13, 16:58

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To be honest ive sort off done this already, ive not made a decision as such but just kinda dropped the tv very gradually. I can even sit in the living room and just tune it out.Like you i do like some stuff and pick it out selectivley. Im not against tv as such....its just lost its appeal

(04 May '13, 03:09) Monty Riviera

We have Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior daily in our home because those are the channels my 3 year old kid are watching. I enjoyed it too specially the Tom and Jerry, Handy Manny, and Phineas and Ferb. I refrain from watching news though, I don't like them anymore. Almost all news are bad news, I already lost my interest to those stories.


answered 01 May '13, 03:51

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edited 01 May '13, 03:52

yes @Romel, kids programs are highly imaginative and creative ... news is mostly based on bad things that can bring us down if we have too much of it :)

(01 May '13, 04:25) ru bis

Its funny you mention this because I recently have brought this up with my friends and we were all sharing with each other the other day how none of us have cable any more.

For myself I use to just read BBC news everyday as a replacement for the tv news, more so for the science news and medical advancements, but within the past 6 months I have cut out all of that as well together because I actually got very bothered by how much of an increase of all the negative or tragic news that would be always posted almost everyday, to the point where there were almost straight days going up unto a week of nothing but depressing news. It got to the point where there were multiple times where my day was ruined just by going to their site and reading the daily news and seeing something that made me feel hopeless or like the world was going to shit. I know that is not the true reality of things. So I slowly weened myself off and then finally stopped. It's been actually pretty good ever since.

I am starting to see after separating myself from more so TV news and news sites in general that life is really good and I feel lucky that I am no longer being influenced by some of the more ridiculous negative news stories that were being delivered to me on a daily basis.


answered 01 May '13, 04:45

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edited 01 May '13, 05:01

hi ikaruss21, yes there are "millions of good things happening everyday" ... ♫ ♫ ♫

(01 May '13, 04:54) ru bis

lol just edited it just now, thought I came off a little too negative there so I reformed it a little. Anywho, can't believe your up at this hour too :P, where do you live?

(01 May '13, 05:02) ikaruss21

for me in france it's now mid-day and the 1st may bank holiday :)

(01 May '13, 06:20) ru bis
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Since I was a small child, I found commercials on TV inane. I do not know why, but as I grew older, I began to see the commercials as the purpose for the shows, rather than the other way around. The point came when Star Trek:Next Generation went off the air and I really lost total interest in anything new except for the occasional X-Files. My ex-husband and I really fought over TV. He wanted to watch stuff and I found it all pretty awful. Period. I Started ramping up my rental of videos when I wanted to relax and be entertained- plenty of those to pick from, I guess.

TV has lost itself to commercials, especially the drug companies and snack foods. I am not interested, nor do I need to know about erectile dysfunction, the pill that can either cure it or kill you, all depending, or anything else like that.

I am happy watching a movie like Avatar (for the 34th time) rather than put up with dancing fruit pies.

The truth is that as we grow more positive, we see what is truly negative, and we outgrow it. That's as good a way to put it as any.

Lots of Love.



answered 30 Apr '13, 23:23

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nowadays i find that many commercials are becoming highly imaginative and creative and tend towards good amusing entertainment

(01 May '13, 05:01) ru bis

I like your last sentence, Jai. I think that says it perfectly!

(01 May '13, 08:30) LeeAnn 1

I no longer have interest in "news" programs, nor violence, nor tragedies. We originally quit watching these programs because we had bad dreams, but more importantly we began to find similar events occurring in our lives. Though not nearly as horrible, events that were struggle-related - fighting to win.

I had a cartoon that depicted a soldier. He was dirty, tired, ragged, standing in the midst of a war-torn environment. The caption read, "I think I won." That was me, at the end of each day, far too often.

I admit, in the beginning, it was difficult to give up these movies. I think that "24" was the epitome of fast-packed violence to find resolution, to find peace. In the last series we watched, the central character, Jack Bauer, who had coolly and powerfully triumphed against incredible odds - but at tremendous sacrifice to himself, his family and friends, went out to his car, hung his head and sobbed.

A powerful disturbing moment. I feel myself clutching up as I write this. Kind of like still wanting a cigarette after 30 years since having one. But I have no interest in going back to either.

Abraham Hicks Quote for Today says:

These beings, that are acting out in those ways that you find so awful, are tormented and suffering in ways that you will not understand. Their horrible acts are extensions of that pain. We also have to say to you—no one who is not a vibrational match to that could be their victim.

--- Abraham

So I decided no more of this. I shut down all violent programs as far as we were concerned.

Now we watch Bollywood extravaganzas. Brilliant colors, wonderful music and dancing - but more important, morality, family values, and always happy endings. Korean and Chinese comedies are also a lot of fun. Also documentaries.

It seems like I somehow set our "Parental Discretion" on blocking all programs that are not rated "P" or PG". But, in reality, I think I set my personal filters where I no longer see offerings that are "NC17" or "R" rated.

We get our movies from Netflix streaming. Have captions.

Sometimes we accidently get a struggle movie. Anne looks at me, or I look at her and one of us says,"Struggle." We turn it off and find something else.

But, now, it is not because we fear we will have bad dreams, nor increase "struggle" in our lives, but because we are just no longer interested. I guess we are on a different vibration.

I don't have a quotable zinger today unless it is simply, We are on a different vibration.

The same for me with video games.


answered 01 May '13, 08:40

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@Dollar Bill - I too love Bollywood films. FYI, this is one of the best movies I've ever seen...if you like Bollywood you'll probably appreciate it:

(01 May '13, 18:37) lozenge123

@Dollar Bill- Yes, I also don't watch movies highly rated for the same reason, I find no interest in them.

(01 May '13, 21:23) Nikulas

Melly mentioned Netflix last night.Not a bad idea, it gives another option and we can be more selective. Ive gone off the violent stuff too. I like happy endings too, it sits with me better and leaves me happier at the end of the film.

(04 May '13, 03:14) Monty Riviera
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I have stopped watching television completely and have noticed a difference in how we all feel in our family. We go outside more and have become more creative with our time. TV is a form of hypnosis and mind control. It is linked to Type 2 Diabetes, overeating and sedentary heart rate. Also watching the news is linked to depression, anxiety and paranoia. Test it, watch TV for a few hours one day, notice how you feel after. Then avoid watching TV another day and go do something(s) outside for the same amount of hours and notice what you feel after. Journal about it. You will notice a definite difference in your well-being. Be well, be free :o)


answered 01 May '13, 07:03

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You have made some really good points!

(01 May '13, 08:30) LeeAnn 1

yes i like "Be well, be free" ... tv is neither good nor bad, but it can be addictive ... feel free to choose the programs that you enjoy :)

(04 May '13, 03:33) ru bis

I never felt drawn to the news, in any format; TV, radio, papers...

It's a personal choice I really enjoyed making after having a good push from our master @Eddie stating he never gives the news any attention whatsoever, for it being too taxing on our emotional systems (when was the last time you saw an entire news program filled with uplifting stories?).

I don't enjoy the feeling I gain from watching the news, whether it's a "real event" or not- I'm sure many IQ people would find a joke in that statement. I'm not going to add bad feelings or negativity to my life as a conscious choice, ever.

What I find worthy of saying is that, a majority of people judge me as being uneducated because I do not follow the news (not that I care what others think much). "You've gotta start paying attention to the world!"- I do pay attention, to the world I choose, one of integrity and love.

I posted a question a while back asking if people, after raising their frequency, felt any decrease in a need to watch violent/graphic films. From my experience, I don't watch or give energy to anything that is violent. I won't much a film if it has an adult rating unless I know for a fact it's a comedy. Having once been a Taekwondo coach, I also seemed to not have any desire to pursue martial arts or any sport when it deems an overall collective spirit of negative competitive.

Very much like to what Romel said, the only TV I'll watch will be when my 2 year old watches Sesame street. When I go to the movies I also go for the kids films, purely because most of the time, the are better written anyways.


answered 01 May '13, 21:21

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Good answer, like you im less drawn to violent stuff. Unlike yourself and Eddie i didnt start out to cut off tv. I think it no longer "aligns" with me and ive gradually almost subconsciously drifted away from it.Like Eddie the news to me is irrelevant. I think Eddie and Stingray were amongst the 2 or 3 who mentioned that news and tv werent figuring too much in their lives. I read so many old posts i cant exactly remember who.

(04 May '13, 03:22) Monty Riviera

Good post , I have fell waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back on television.Reason being is "it's a dame mind control device. Death , and corruption none stop 24 hours a day that soon becomes fear for the viewer feeling like there is no hope . THATS A LIE !! there is hope his name is JESUS!! in place of the hellivision I have written one book so far and have started three more. Expanding my mind , I'm a explorer , I like challenges . I love thinking for myself and I love people. When I use to watch t.v it always told me what a Chinese person was like , or mexican ...ect. Bullshit , I love meeting and interacting with ALL races of people we can learn alot from each other. WHY THE FUCK IS THE WORLD IN COMPETION WITH ONE ANOTHER. We all do the same things , eat , sleep , work , play ...ect. So whats the hate for. I set next to a white guy yesterday on the bus , he was acting like I was made of acid . Smashing up against the window of the bus , and holding his arm up all weird not to touch me. HAHAHAHAH, thats what I'm saying people need to think for there selves and love one another. I never meet that man before , I was upset for alil while but I had to think of how he might of grew up and his view on black people. He is one of many that is LOST. Pray for everyone not just yourself and those that you love.


answered 01 May '13, 09:47

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@Popi Bearcat Gibson - "I set next to a white guy yesterday on the bus , he was acting like I was made of acid" - Having known racists of nearly every major ethnicity and background, as well as "non-racists" of every ethnicity and background, the thing I've found fascinating is that racism is definitely a matter how justified (or oppressed) a person thinks they are...

(01 May '13, 13:29) lozenge123

...Some of the biggest racists I have ever known, when pressed, defended or based their bigotry on some trifling thing that happened decades before. Others, who had endured "lots" of hardship and oppression (and who had lots of circumstances on which they could have justified a racist viewpoint) were completely accepting, forgiving, and non-racist. I could cite numerous friends of mine as examples...or public figures such as John Lewis:

(01 May '13, 13:29) lozenge123

@lozenge123- Worthy contribution, nice.

(01 May '13, 21:11) Nikulas
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