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March 17th, 2014
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On not having a TV

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From:novapsyche
Date:March 18th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
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Like you, I had in my childhood household only a smallish B&W television, but unlike you the viewing time was never restricted. It was pretty much always in the background. I remember growing up watching my grandmother's B&W, maybe 13", with a convex glass screen & free-floating knob, where we'd take in Gilligan's Island & Beverly Hillbillies. At one point, when I was 5, my family moved to Ypsi, where we had access to cable. My favorite station was Nickelodeon, which I watched on a 5"- or 7"-inch B&W screen (I'm pretty sure the cable box was incorporated in this machine).

When we moved back to the country, after my grandmother passed & my dad inherited her land, it was back to the old B&W for some time, although at some point we upgraded to tiny color at some point. I remember watching nighttime soap operas like Dynasty, as well as some (funnily enough) old B&Ws like The Three Stooges late at night. My sister & I, who shared a bunk bed, had a TV in our room at some point. However, by that age I was not indiscriminately watching TV all the time: I'd become an avid reader & listener to books-on-record.

Like cos, I watched a lot of public television until way past the advised age. I won't even divulge the last time I watched Sesame Street regularly.

No matter what, though, my TV time was never restricted (except when it corresponded to bedtime). In college, I still took in a fair amount of TV, but that was of course limited by coursework. Then again, I found & fell in love with the Internet, which continues to be my biggest time suck.

I think you are doing very well by Rosie. When I spend time with you, I don't feel as though she is taking in too much screen time. She's a very well-rounded kid. I think that will continue into the years to come, and I wouldn't be surprised if she thanked you later on in life for being so concerned about her ratio of types of play.
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