We don’t own a TV.
I know that sounds crazy, but we are among the 1% of U.S. households that don’t own a television. Let me explain why.
When Mrs. T. and I moved to Singapore after business school, we decided not to buy a TV. There wasn’t (back then) a lot of interesting TV content in Singapore. So, we skipped TV.
We found that, after a while, we got used to it. When we moved back to the U.S., we kept the streak going. It matters less these days, given streaming. We have multiple computers, iPads and portable DVD players.
Our kids get plenty of media, but we avoid the phenomenon to which I was prone, which was turning on the TV and letting it play in the background. Our children learned to read at a young age, and they travel easily on long trips as they’re used to breaking out a book.
But, it’s still hard for me during the Super Bowl.