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Importance Of The Television & Can You Live Without It...

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1 year ago

[#67] Date: 4th August, 2021

The kids are fighting!

How can I keep updated on the latest COVID-19 situation?

My eyes hurt from looking at the phone's smaller screen!

I can't catch the National Parade live broadcast!

What are my relatives going to think when they come over during Chinese New Year?

Who is going to reimburse me for such-and-such service that I'm unable to use because I don't have a functioning TV?

I feel very pressured without the TV!

I can't live without the TV!

I demand a refund. Take back your rubbish TV!

*roll eyes* As the person in charge of the social media account of a TV brand (not disclosing the name), I unwittingly end up being the first line of defense against disgruntled customers, who shoot their complaints to us at all hours of the day or night, basically as soon as their TV set breaks down.

While I acknowledge that it can be an inconvenience without a working television, I think it's a pure exaggeration that one will feel "pressured" without it. It's also definitely not a matter of life and death. Nonetheless, I empathize with their issue and try to push for a swift repair by the service team, even though it's not part of my job scope.

I am reminded of the time during my childhood when our TV broke down and it had to be placed in a queue on the repair list for lack of extra budget to settle these unexpected expenses. Back then, the idiot box was our only source of entertainment, so it was a daily-use item. It wasn't uncommon for our TV to stay broken for one or two months. I have to admit that initially, it was difficult but humans are very adaptable. After a week or two, we would already adapt to a new routine. What I learned during those times was that I actually had a lot of free time if I didn't watch TV. Luckily, even without other sources of entertainment, I still had books to fall back on. I love to read and don't mind rereading a good title, but that was only because I didn't have spare cash to buy more books - second-hand books only, mind you.

Due to this conditioning, even though we now have a smart TV at home, it stays switched off most days. And when it's turned on, it's merely for an hour or so, and that's only to catch some YouTube videos, which we can also watch on the computer, tablet, or cellphone.

In today's modern household that is connected to the internet, I believe, available are other means of family entertainment that don't revolve around the television. It can't be that bad, right? I know, because I've been through stretches of time without one. I half suspect that these people are just making a big deal out of it to show that customer is king. They paid for something and they expect it to work perfectly. As a consumer, I totally understand the logic, but they are demanding instant service even when their TV is way past the three-year warranty period. LOL Boy, can they be nasty sometimes.

Thinking about all these TV problems of other people, got me evaluating how much the TV features in my life at this point. And the answer is 0% for least important. Really, it makes no difference if there is one at home or not. There are material goods that I can't live without, and it's not the television, no matter how much it has evolved to be more than just an idiot box.

What about you? How important a role does the TV play in your daily life? If it broke down, how long can you stay sane without it?

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Hello, interesting your article, and the questions you raise at the end. I tell you that here at home we have more than three months without watching tv. not because the device has been damaged. no sir, it is because the programming of the service we pay is bad, always repeat the same series and movies. We count on internet and prefer to watch movies on youtube. and do other activities, like being on the platform read cash, write and comment, and make a more productive time. Reflective your message, thank you.

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1 year ago

Thanks for letting me know! I think you should just terminate the service if you are not getting what you paid for, and save your money. Hehehe!!!

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1 year ago

since we already have an internet connection, it's fine for me not to watch tv. hhehe. yet there were times when I feel so tired looking on my laptop's screen I seldom watch tv program to relax myself

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1 year ago

Nowadays, we can have almost everything online. There are live streaming now so our is off. When we moved to this apartment, we do watch the news and some channels the first few weeks maybe months but after that it was turned off for good.

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1 year ago

I can't live without a TV when I was a kod hehe 😅. Maybe because i don't wanna missed my favorite cartoon movies.

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1 year ago

As a kid, I was the same, but then again, there were no other means of entertainment. It's different now that we have internet. Woohoo!!!

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1 year ago

Yeess. Totally different 🤗🤗

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1 year ago

I used to be TV addict before but not anymore especially the news programs. So many manipulated news reports.

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1 year ago

Oh yes, news are mood spoilers. I stay away as well.

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1 year ago

If you will ask me the little me, I can say that I can't live without TV. But since I own a smartphone, TV doesn't really appeal me anymore. And i don't watch news. I can get those using internet connection. So, I can live without Television.

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1 year ago

Yup, time has changed so much, bringing technology to us but my client's customers are still making as though it's the end of the world without their TV. LOL

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1 year ago

We have TV but I don't like to use it. I guess our tv is my little brother's property. But yeah, some of us can't live without tv especially the elders for they can easily access it unlike those other technologies which they may found complex.

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1 year ago

Actually, Smart TVs are very complex as well! We need to know how to change the channel from regular TV to internet TV, etc. LOL

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1 year ago

Yeah, very much. Hahaha!

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1 year ago

I don't watch much TV lols. I sometimes watch Netflix there though. I am thinking twice if i would buy one for my place but I might not. LOLS but i dont know

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1 year ago

Some people use the TV as a decorative piece, or just as entertainment for guests when they visit. LOL

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1 year ago

thats what I'm thinking as well.. haha no tv .. no visitors lols hahahahha which can be good hahahaah.

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1 year ago

We do have a tv here but we didn't open it always. People here are busy browsing their mobile phone, they preferred it than watching tv so I must say that we can live without it. And also our electricity won't easily run out because we didn't open our tv always.

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1 year ago

Oh, not sure how your electrical supply is that it runs out when using TV.

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1 year ago

Hmm our electricity is like a load wherein we just loaded it P100($2) good for 3 days but when we open our tv, our load didn't last for 3 days.

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1 year ago

Ah I see. I understand now. Makes sense not to use the TV then. For us in Malaysia, we have a constant supply of electricity and only settle the bill every month after using.

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1 year ago

Sorry if i make you confuse my english is poor huhu.

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1 year ago

No worries, it's nothing to do with language. I didn't know how the electricity supply is for the Philippines.

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1 year ago

I think I can't live without one. I look forward to watching tv series and watching them on a phone doesn't have the same entertainment value.

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1 year ago

HHmm what series do you watch? I used to watch sitcoms like Full House, Doogie Howser MD, Happy Days, Beverly Hills 90210, etc.

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1 year ago

Currently, I'm catching up on Bulls. Had just completed Loki and The Blacklist before that. Also, awaiting Ozark S 4, ST: Discovery S4 and Lost in Space S3. Just a few. I also watch FBI, FBI Most Wanted. I'm a series junkie, only if the story captures my attention. Mostly Crime & SciFi series. Old Sitcoms that I used to watch - Cheers, Everybody Loves Raymond.

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1 year ago

That's nice that you still have time for TV. Frankly speaking, I don't anymore.

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1 year ago

Yeah, I'm glad and happy. My escape time. Well, the good thing is once you have time, you can binge.

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1 year ago

Ahhh that will have to wait till I'm retired. LOL

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1 year ago

Something to look forward to. You'll be spoilt for choices to watch then.

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1 year ago

True... I've not watched TV for at least 10 years.

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1 year ago

You are very disciplined!

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1 year ago

Have to be lah. Self employed.

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1 year ago

You are tough with your employee.

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1 year ago

Oh hey, that's myself.

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1 year ago

Lol. Remember to give yourself a raise.

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1 year ago

No raise. Pandemic!!

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1 year ago

I'm not fan of tv's that much coz negativity is within the news daily.. If I watch tv ...usally for moviess..alike that..😊

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1 year ago

HHmm talking about movies, I don't watch anymore either because I keep falling asleep midway LOL

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1 year ago

Television is a very important device for today's civilization. Television has brought the whole world into the house for us. Which no one even imagined 50 years ago today. Through television we can know the news from far and wide very easily and in less time. Which has improved our way of life Moreover, television is one of the means of entertainment.

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1 year ago

Thanks for letting us know. It's true... but now the internet has connected us to the world, and we are more glued to other devices compared to the TV.

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1 year ago

That was before when internet and phones are not much embraced by many. But now, we can live without a TV because there are means to get updated or to watch something as well. Just my opinion. Hello there, Em. ☺️

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1 year ago

Hi Marinov! That's why I don't understand why those customers of my client say that they are struggling without the TV....and they live in the city with internet connection! GGrrrr

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1 year ago

Maybe they just found TV easy to access than other medium. Hehe

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1 year ago

Actually, with so many functions, I don't know how to keep switching from regular channels to Smart TV, subscriptions and DVD player. hehehe

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1 year ago

Yeah right and I guess the oldies can't keep much on it

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1 year ago

I can live without out, as long as i have my phone 😅

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1 year ago

Haha the phone is definitely more important than the TV for me also.

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1 year ago

Basically, I don't watch TV nowadays But it is true that, in the past times I wqs fond of watching TV ahows, cartoons etc etc. This has been changed because of the mobile, laptop, computer. You can say, I can live without a TV but, It became much more difficult to survive without a smartphone. This is quite hard nowadays.

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1 year ago

You're right. Smartphone is basically for my work, actually. Without it, I'd feel something is missing.

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1 year ago

Yes. Smartphone is very important for nowadays. Btw, what you do for a living?

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1 year ago

I run a small business that provides content/writing-related services to clients.

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1 year ago

I am not a fan of Television but it is still important for me and to my family because without television, we couldn't know what will happening around the world. When I was in my middle school, I just watch Television to know about the weather and news to other places and i learned that from my Grandfather and I Also just watch a cartoons when I was a kid but now that I have my own phone, I will just read some headlines in some pages in google or in other social media platforms because it makes me irritate the advertisements in Television. I am more fond of kdramas.

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1 year ago

Haha I used to watch TV as well when still schooling... that was the only entertainment we had, but it broke down often. LOL

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1 year ago

I can live without a TV but my family couldn't. We live in an area where mobile signal is not available and for mg aging parents and little niece, the only means of keeping them sane in this time of pandemic is the TV.

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1 year ago

Ah, without internet is difficult!! You're right that during the lockdown, many people depended on the TV for news and information. And it's their bad luck that the TV, perhaps due to overuse, broke down during that time!! Arrggghhh

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1 year ago

I didn't watch TV for almost three years already 🤣sometimes I just take a peek at the TV at home.. But the feeling of sitting in front of it and slouching on the couch with popcorn and soda beside you.. It was long ago when i experienced it.
And because of that I can say that I can live without it..lol.
We can just search about the news online anyway 😅

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1 year ago

I've also not done that for a looooooong time. I think if I do that now, my mine would be thinking about 101 things that I need to do, rather than sitting there in front of the TV.

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1 year ago

Haha.. Same.

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1 year ago

For me, TV is not a necessity anymore in this modern time. We can access entertainment, games, news, etc through other gadgets that has an internet connection. I don't watch TVs. I can live without it. Most of the time, my parents are the one who use them.

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1 year ago

Even my parents have "graduated" to phones and tablets, reading news online and YouTube entertainment. For news, we used to subscribe to print paper but that has also stopped.

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1 year ago

I don't have any TV anywhere in my house for a decade already. We gave away our last one back in 2011 and have never had one since and never missed it too lol! I even feel discomfort when I go to my parents' or my siblings' houses and their TVs are on even without anyone watching so I switch them off myself. Kinda rude, but yes I do that. So just like you, TVs have 0% significance to my days.

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1 year ago

Haha I don't understand why people turn on the TV even when not watching. I used to share hotel rooms often when traveling, and my roommates (different ones on various occasions) would turn on the TV as soon as they entered the room. They said they wanted the "background noise". I'd rather just have music.

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1 year ago

I don't get it too, it probably became their habit :D

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