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