This should come as no big surprise — I’m an anomaly. I’m quite used to this is most cases; however, this case has me a little out of sorts. This has to do with TVs in a home. Our measly little ONE is a rare amount. When I mentioned that I was shocked that someone had five TVs in one house, the person looked at me and informed me that every one of her children had a TV and, in fact, they had one in most rooms of the house because you never knew where you wanted to watch TV. I was made to feel as if sharing TV time and spending time as a family was just a$$-backwards ignorant and not considerate.
That said, I’m still surprised. I guess I can understand the idea behind it — it gives each person the ability to watch what they want. However, I still consider 5+ way too many. Two I get — one in the living room and another in the family room. I can even see one in the parent’s room so they have some control over what they watch. Still… whatever happened to having family time? Why does everyone need to get what they want when they want it? What about turning it off? What about quiet time? What about compromise and allowing the time to be shared?
When you look at the number of screens we have in our house, we have 5. Two computers, one TV, one portable DVD player, and a DS. With this set-up, it’s possible for us never to spend time together. Can you imagine what it would be if we added MORE screens? I wonder about that with these families. How many screens? How many ways to move into your own little world? How many ways to keep from being part of a REAL community?
I’m still puzzled by this. I guess I always will be. It’s strange to say, but I guess I’m just old-fashioned about this. I think one is enough.