I have gone without tv twice in my life. One for about 3 years and another for about 8 years. The 3 year stint was when I was about 10 and we had an older television that still had tubes. My mom had gotten fed up with myself and two older siblings watching what she thought was too much tv. She yanked one of the tubes and told us it was broken and we didn't have the money to have it fixed. We never questioned her and in the long run it was the best thing that could have happened. Us three kids spent our time interacting, playing games, getting out of doors even more, reading and reading and reading some more. I truly never missed it a bit!
The latest stint of 8 years just ended about 7 weeks ago when I moved from one state to another. It had been my decision to pull the cable 8 years before for basically the same reason my mom had. I saw it as a mindless waste of time for which I was pouring too much money into for what? The joy of having MTV on 16 hours per day? No way for me.
As a single mom, I had the ability to tell my kids that I could not afford it when in reality I could not afford to have them wasting all their free time hooked visually to a stupid machine. Again, it was the absolute best thing to happen.
I have it now. I rarely watch it. The programs I do seem to tune into occasionally are the home improvement programs (I love to get decorating and color ideas) and very rarely, when I can't sleep at night, I like to watch the forensic programs. They seem to make me drowsy pretty quick. I could definitely live without it, although I do like having my vcr and dvd for when I want to watch a good movie.
Good for you, Seed, for finding life outside of television!