I am, by my nature, someone who likes to do things the long way. The anti-technology way. The old way. I like handsewing, embroidery, knitting by hand, cooking from scratch, canning. I like to let a fever run its course (though I am ever grateful for medical technology for those things that tea and sleep cannot cure!) and I like to keep things as simple as I can.
To that end, I tend not to use the dishwasher, we don't watch television, and we don't play a lot of games that require electricity or batteries. I do use a washing machine, though I have washed clothing by hand. I use a dryer, too, but at least half our laundry hangs to dry every week. I just don't care for crispy towels. We use electric lights, but we dim them to "fake" nightfall every evening. And I obviously use a computer, though again, I try to limit its use in our daily functioning.
And we've done well.
In graduate school I had no television or radio, until some friends felt sorry for me and descended on my rented condo with tv, vcr, radio/cd player, and I don't remember what all else. And I graciously thanked them, then when they'd left I rearranged the furniture to hide them behind a chair and used them all of maybe once a semester.
When we moved to Michigan five years ago, I had no appliances, and was again gifted with the extras of others. We soon had an enormous microwave oven, a toaster oven, a 13" tv, a vcr, and I still had the radio from grad school. We didn't really watch tv all that much, though. But again a friend felt sorry for me (don't know why - we were just fine) and gifted me with a 21" tv/vcr/dvd combo unit. I have used it quite a bit for movies over the last four or five years, and it has served us well.
When the Detroit area went digital last year, I didn't even try to buy a converter box. I didn't take a voucher for a free one. I just plain didn't want or need it. Why have one if we'll never use it??
I was recently offered a used 40" hdtv for free and refused. I don't want the tv as the focal point of our living room. And I wouldn't use it enough to justify its presence. Our little combo unit sits unplugged 90% of the time.
There are so many wonderful things we can and do do in the evenings and weekends, that we don't really have time for tv. I'm not just saying this - I truly believe it. I'm quite happy and content without broadcast television in my life. I don't think I'm missing anything, and Kiddo has been quite content, too. He can and does watch tv at his dad's house, and that's fine. If that's what they want to do together, let them enjoy it. Here we read, play games, craft, talk, and otherwise entertain ourselves quite well. Kiddo even tells people who are shocked by our lack of technology that "we don't need it - we don't have time to sit and watch other people do things."
But is it an uphill battle? Am I shunning the world at large? Do I really need to be in contact and have this stuff beamed into my house on a daily basis?? Am I a bad parent, neglecting the cultural education of my son because I don't provide network television to him?
Apparently his dad thinks so - he bought me a digital converter for Christmas.
While I am aware that the intentions are good, as were those of my wonderful and generous friends, do I really need this? Am I that out of touch that I must watch television? Or it is more like a drug dealer, and they only want me to watch because they do? (Come on, just one more hit, er... program).
How do you deal with the modern age and technology?