A series of tubes

Ever visit a house where the TV was on more or less constantly, even when no one was watching? I must admit, I find that seriously offputting, though perhaps not as much as Bill Peschel does:

The television is so much a dominating force that it doesn’t get turned off even when company arrives. I have visited many households where the TV is never turned off. The noise is irritating and difficult to for me to hear over. Even more annoying are the constant ads. Worst of all is the realization that the person I am speaking with is trying to watch the TV at the same time. Clearly, I am boring compared to the television. This just seems rude.

I’m quite dull in my own right, but I have a capacity for generating irritating noise even without the TV going.

Incidentally, the last time I used the set in the living room — the official Big Set, though it’s only a twenty-inch Sony Wega — was on the last day of last May, while contemplating my imminent doom.



  1. fillyjonk »

    23 April 2014 · 4:37 pm

    I’ve witnessed this. I think leaving the set on if people are over is okay if and only if:

    1. The express purpose they came over was to watch a game, a movie, Ponies, whatever, with you

    2. There is some kind of really huge really world changing news (not CNN world changing, REALLY world changing) going on. Like, if someone came over while 9/11 was happening.

    3. Severe weather headed for the area. I’d probably put the sound off for that though and just keep an eye on the radar.

    Everything else – no. (I was once at a MEETING where the host kept Survivor going in the background – I guess it was the finale – but still, I found it really rude and I also have a hard time listening when another conversation, even a televised one, is going on in my vicinity. If I were a more assertive person I would have left.)

  2. Roger Green »

    24 April 2014 · 12:27 am

    Hate it too.
    Also hate going to restaurants where the volume is on.

  3. Charles Pergiel »

    24 April 2014 · 12:48 am

    Some people just live their lives with the TV on. Most of the time they don’t pay it any mind (I think). It’s just on, like the washing machine or the furnace or any appliance. I mean, why wouldn’t you have it on? That’s what it’s for isn’t it? To sit there and make noise and be all flashy and stuff. Besides, how else are you going to get your money’s worth out it? I don’t understand it, and I don’t like it, and if that’s the way it is, I don’t stay long.

  4. fillyjonk »

    24 April 2014 · 7:26 am

    A similar problem: people who can’t carry on a conversation without checking their damn smartphone for Facebook “status updates” every 2 minutes.

    Look, if that’s ALL I matter to you – that the photograph of what some distant friend had for lunch is more compelling than what I am saying to you face to face – just drop the charade, tell me you like your invisible internet friends more, and never interact with me again.

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