In age of tech­nol­ogy, some stay away from TV to en­joy the pace of life

While tele­vi­sion quickly be­came in­dis­pens­able in all ar­eas of life af­ter it was in­vented in 1923, some prefer to keep the most in­flu­en­tial in­ven­tion of the 20th cen­tury out of their lives

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

IN THE 20th cen­tury, when many im­por­tant life-chang­ing dis­cov­er­ies were made, the in­ven­tion of tele­vi­sion made a great con­tri­bu­tion to the spread of global knowl­edge. How­ever, this tool of com­mu­ni­ca­tion has be­come a mat­ter of de­bate in terms of the de­struc­tion it cre­ated in lo­cal cul­tures.

Tele­vi­sion, which was in­vented af­ter ra­dio, has sto­ically stood up against its chal­leng­ing ri­val, in­ter­net.

With ad­vances in com­puter tech­nol­ogy, eas­ier in­ter­net ac­cess, the ad­van­tages of smart­phone use, the de­vel­op­ment of on­line so­cial net­works and the spreading of TV se­ries and film broad­cast­ers on mo­bile plat­forms, tele­vi­sion view­er­ship in the clas­sic sense is grad­u­ally be­ing aban­doned.

Par­ents who want to pro­tect their chil­dren from the harm­ful ef­fects of tele­vi­sion of­ten opt to not have TVs at home.

An Anadolu Agency (AA) cor­re­spon­dent col­lected the opin­ions of those who prefer stay­ing away from tele­vi­sions.

Jour­nal­ist Bakıt Kal­mu­ra­tov, 42, said he is among the ones who de­cided against hav­ing a tele­vi­sion to pro­tect his chil­dren and added that he uses a com­puter and smart­phone to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion.

Not­ing that tele­vi­sion does more harm than good, Kal­mu­ra­tov con­tin­ued: “I think tele­vi­sion is a waste of time. Ad­ver­tise­ments ma­nip­u­late peo­ple. We have a com­puter in our house. I re­ceive the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion through it. In­stead of watch­ing tele­vi­sion, it’s bet­ter to take care of our kids. I have two chil­dren, one is 3 years old, the other is 5. I think it would be use­ful to raise them away from tele­vi­sions. They can use the com­puter at home un­der our strict su­per­vi­sion. For me, things that have no place in our cus­toms are grad­u­ally en­graved in our sub­con­scious. This will ad­versely af­fect the per­sonal de­vel­op­ment of my chil­dren. Also, neg­a­tive things are al­ways aired on TV news. For all these rea­sons, we did not buy a tele­vi­sion for our house.”

Özge Kara, who said that she was never a TV ad­dict, stated that she does not fol­low the agenda. Kara said she is happy to knit and cook at home in her spare time. “I’ve been a barista for six years. My par­ents used to read books two or three times a week at home. I liked read­ing books. There were times when I read three books at the same time. I have never been ad­dicted to tele­vi­sion. I don’t re­ally fol­low the agenda too. Peo­ple spend eight to 10 hours work­ing. Why should I fit my time in a box when I come home when there are many other things to do? Why should I look at other peo­ple’s lives when I can live my own life? That’s why I don’t need to have a tele­vi­sion or watch it. “

Ne­cati Özkan, 28, who works as a busi­ness man­ager and presents pro­fes­sional il­lu­sion shows, stated that he does not need tele­vi­sion be­cause he likes to talk to peo­ple. Özkan spends time with his cat and friends in his free time.

Özkan, who ad­vo­cates that tele­vi­sion has greatly dam­aged com­mu­ni­ca­tion, re­ported: “The most im­por­tant rea­son why I do not need it is that I be­lieve it kills com­mu­ni­ca­tion. While you watch it, you can­not talk to peo­ple. Be­fore some­thing can be cat­e­go­rized the cor­rect way, it is pre­sented through char­ac­ters on tele­vi­sion. This an­noys me. Peo­ple al­ways come to my house. We have to chat be­cause there is no tele­vi­sion. I show them the tricks that I learn at home. I think tele­vi­sion also re­duces pro­duc­tiv­ity. In the mean­time, I have a cat called Regilus. He is al­ready like a tele­vi­sion. When you see him, you want to watch him more.”

An­other per­son who does not have a TV in her house is Deniz Karagül. Karagül, 32, deals with graphic de­sign and elim­i­nated tele­vi­sion from her life af­ter start­ing school.

Not­ing the ad­vance­ments of so­cial me­dia, Karagül con­tin­ued: “I stayed with my cousin the first year I was study­ing in Eskişe­hir prov­ince. There was a tele­vi­sion there. When I fin­ished school, I didn’t buy a tele­vi­sion again. I lived with my fam­ily for one and a half years when I came back here. When I had my own flat, I again did not need to buy a tele­vi­sion. So­cial me­dia is so ad­vanced. I fol­low ev­ery­thing through so­cial me­dia. I used to watch tele­vi­sion a lot. When we were sit­ting out­side, I used to watch much with­out look­ing what was be­ing aired. I used to watch re­runs as well. How­ever, this idea changed com­pletely later. I started to set aside more time for lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio. I fol­low what I want to watch on the in­ter­net. Tele­vi­sion is be­ing used like a com­puter screen nowa­days.”

Say­ing that they have had a com­puter in their house since his child­hood as his fa­ther was a judge, Onur Yavuz, 27, men­tioned that he was not overly ex­posed to tele­vi­sion cul­ture. “Since 1999, we have had a com­puter in our house. I could ac­cess al­most any in­for­ma­tion on the in­ter­net. I can­not find what I want to watch on TV. I never needed tele­vi­sion be­cause it is some­thing I do not have in my life. I like grow­ing flow­ers and tend­ing them. When the TV se­ries that my fam­ily watches starts, I just go to a dif­fer­ent room.”

Mehmet Önal stated that he went to work in the field with his fa­ther in his spare time af­ter fin­ish­ing school in Hatay prov­ince and since then, he has started cut­ting tele­vi­sion out of his life. Af­ter he left col­lege in Ankara prov­ince, he be­gan to work. Be­liev­ing the in­ter­net has left tele­vi­sion be­hind in to­day’s world, Önal added: “Tele­vi­sion has al­ready started to be­come a mul­ti­me­dia tool. I usu­ally get the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion from the com­puter. Po­lit­i­cal and so­cio­cul­tural di­rec­tions have pro­pelled me away from tele­vi­sions.”

Özge Kara spends her nights at home play­ing with her cats and knit­ting.

For de­signer Deniz Karagül, TV is not the only me­dia source for in­for­ma­tion.

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