Honestly, American Idol is my fave show, but I didn't really miss it until my friend had me over to watch it for a few weeks...I subsequently became addicted, as usual, and if I'm not watching it at her house, I'm glued to Youtube, sometimes watching performances multiple times without the nuisance of commercials. It's nice! So I'm happy to report I've missed hardly an episode of American Idol, thanks to the hospitality of a friend and Youtube. But what I'm even happier to report is that we've survived without television. I'd say we haven't missed it a bit, but that would be a lie. We have missed it, but not as desperately as I thought we might.
Here are my pros and cons to having television, starting with the CONS:
- I feel like our house is boring when it comes to having guests, especially for people staying with us. While we love reading in our spare time, I don't expect people to come over and pick up a book. I also have wished at times that I could have people over to our house to watch American Idol instead of always going to others' houses. I feel like having television is a social utility.
- We couldn't watch conference on television--but we were able to stay home and watch it on the internet, so that hasn't been too much of a con.
- People might think we're weird...I don't know.
- We read a lot, which I've got to say is way more entertaining and fulfilling than watching TV.
- Our house is quiet, which allows for some good introspection and peace.
- Maggie isn't exposed to the scandalously clad women and violence that can invade a home, even simply from the news and commercials.
- I'm not tempted to use the television as a sitter (I now use movies! haha) and I'm required to get creative when kids come over to play, especially little boys as all our toys of yet are dolls and strollers and everything girly.
- I feel like we've been a lot more productive with our time, especially in the evenings and on the weekends.
- We've saved some money without completely sacrificing our favorite shows. You'd be amazed at what's playing on the internet between nbc.com, fox.com and youtube.com. Will watches Apprentice, The Big Give, and Eli Stone pretty regularly on the Internet.
Overall, it's been a good move for our family. And in case anyone's wondering, I'm totally rooting for the Davids on American Idol. I can't decide who I like better. I think David Archuleta's voice is angelic, but he's young and when he's not singing I don't think he's confident enough, which is uncomfortable to watch. I love David Cook's confidence and style and creativity, but I'm not really a rocker girl, so I don't always love his songs...he is charming, though. It's next to impossible, but I'm hoping for a tie.