My name is Abu Zahra, and I have been TV-sober for 3 years. Alhamdulillah! Yes, three years ago (also the time when I got married), my wife and I decided to ditch the tube. Before you ask, yes we can still find out if a tornado is coming. Ever heard of the Internet? (or radio for that matter).
Let me clarify in saying that we do own a television and a DVD player, but we do not have cable or an antenna. We get zero TV channels. I cannot tell you how liberating it has been these past three years. I used to be one of those people who complained about not having time to do things, never realizing that it was the TV taking up that time. Even watching the news is unnecessarily time consuming. They repeat the same 5 stories over and over. I used to be a channel surfer. Now, I’m a writer, a storyteller, and so much more. My wife and I have time to read books together.
I’m not even going to get into all of the haram things on TV, because it is possible to avoid them, but it takes a lot of effort. The advertising is also very intrusive. If we want to watch something, we just get a DVD. Yes, Dora the Explorer without commercials! And the DVD just keeps looping over and over…*sigh* So, like I said, the TV is used, but it is used the way we want it to be used. We are in full control, by the grace of Allah.
Whenever I am over someone’s house now and they inevitable have the TV on, I get so irritated with the constant commercial interruptions. It is like living in the country with fresh air and beautiful trees for years and to then visit the city with all of its noise, congestion, and pollution.
Alhamdulillah, I just got my three-year chip, and I could not be happier. Now pass the popcorn, my favorite book is on.