Tv made me fat, angry and paranoid from seeing food ads, fight scenes and murder shows. I cut off cable and occasionally watch a movie at the theater. Now I read books on self-improvement and use my tv as a workout station. I shed 45 pounds and I have more stamina than ever in my life. I’m learning new things all the time that I can actually use to be productive in life. I started a business and I longer need to work for someone else or another company. Reading helps me fall asleep at night. I hate tv and I intend to teach my kids to hate it as well. It’s a BIG waste of time!!! I do however see a family across the street sitting around the tube every evening and they seem to enjoy their time eating and talking about the latest and greatest tv shows that will be forgotten in the next decade and not improve a single thing about their own life…they’re also all overweight/obese. My dad sits and watches tv in his 1 br apt all day and when we speak he complains about his position in life. How he wants to do this and that and never has he done a single thing to improve his position in the past 14 yrs! He talks about movies, actors and a whole bunch of nothing! I hate tv! I think it’s the reason America is getting fatter, more violent, rude and the reason why the divorce rate is through the roof, leaving kids with nothing by TV’s to teach how to manage life. I think it’s destroying this country and polluting the minds of people who would otherwise have lived productive lives. I hate tv! You did make good points though, but nonetheless, I still would never sign up for cable again.