Jumpin' Jeezus. Millions and millions of us grew up without TV. And some of us were what you might call dirt poor. And I have yet to rob my first convenience store. Read a lot of public library books. Played games with the other kids in the neighborhood. Talked with my parents and sister. Loved going to my grandparents house. For the stories. They finally got a TV about the time they got an electric refrigerator in '58 or so after I joined the Navy.
What makes you think they don't have other problems?
What are they supposed to do for entertainment, stare at a blank wall? Most of them can't even afford a newspaper. Movie rentals? Not a chance. What are the kids supposed to do, go out and start robbing people? Up until a week ago, they had at least some TV to watch. Now, many of them have nothing at all. Have you ever had a houseful of small children with nothing to watch? The kids don't understand any of this, all they can do is look at Mom and wonder what happened.
When you've lived on minimum wage, working part-time jobs, you'll have a better perspective.
I just don't understand the kind of closed-minded thinking I'm seeing here.
My wife's family got a magic box when she was in grade school. She is addicted. I never had one in my house until we got married 51 years ago and I'm indifferent to TV. I can still go to the library. I can still talk to my neighbors. I can still talk to my sons. I can still go for walks in the park. I can still sit with my dogs. And because I am way better off than we were when I was growing up I have a number of other non-TV related amusements. But I don't need money or TV to be happy.