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21 June 2009 @ 05:34 pm
[Poll] Some of your favorite things?  
A few weeks ago, Best Beloved was at her library talking to a patron. The patron explained that she was in a big hurry to go out and buy a new TV, because her main TV had broken, and she had another TV that was just as good, but she felt weird not having a backup. (Keep in mind that this patron lives alone.)

Best Beloved was surprised by this. When she relayed it to me, I was also surprised. But then, we are not exactly normal in our relationship to television. (For Best Beloved, it's like an old friend who she's always happy to see, but rarely actually does see. For me, it's like an acquaintance who leads a fascinating life in a distant land and occasionally takes a break from it to come to my house and punch me in the mouth.)

Fortunately, I know a large group of people who have, if not a normal relationship with television, at least a more normal one. So I thought I'd ask you about this backup TV thing. Plus some other nosy questions about technology, because I care enough to be inappropriately curious about your life!

Poll #1419179 Televisions

First, and most important: if you had a backup TV as good as your main TV, and your main TV broke, would you buy a new one?

Immediately! Because if the backup also breaks, then I won't have a TV!
6(0.8%)
Probably within a week or so. Redundancy is good. Redundancy is good.
19(2.6%)
Eventually. When there was a sale or something. What's the hurry?
128(17.9%)
No. I live life on the edge.
100(13.9%)
I cannot imagine a circumstance in which I would have a backup TV.
439(61.2%)
Other. Nothing is simple with me.
25(3.5%)

How many people live in your place of residence, including you? (If you live in a dorm or wherever, only count the people who actually share your room.)

Mean: 2.43 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.40
0(0.0%)
1
221(31.0%)
2
204(28.6%)
3
134(18.8%)
4
101(14.2%)
5
40(5.6%)
6
5(0.7%)
7
5(0.7%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
2(0.3%)
11
1(0.1%)
12
0(0.0%)
13
0(0.0%)
14
0(0.0%)
15
0(0.0%)
16
0(0.0%)
17
0(0.0%)
18
0(0.0%)
19
0(0.0%)
20
0(0.0%)

How many of those people are under the age of two?

Mean: 1.24 Median: 1 Std. Dev 0.86
1
42(91.3%)
2
1(2.2%)
3
1(2.2%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
2(4.3%)

How many TVs do you (or your family) own?

Mean: 1.90 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.17
1
329(49.3%)
2
184(27.6%)
3
87(13.0%)
4
42(6.3%)
5
15(2.2%)
6
6(0.9%)
7
3(0.4%)
8
1(0.1%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

How many computers (desktops, laptops, netbooks) do you (or your family) own? (Functioning ones. The Computer Graveyard in the back closet does not count.)

Mean: 3.10 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.79
1
128(17.9%)
2
197(27.5%)
3
146(20.4%)
4
104(14.5%)
5
72(10.1%)
6
33(4.6%)
7
18(2.5%)
8
10(1.4%)
9
2(0.3%)
10
6(0.8%)

Check all that apply.

I have a TV in every main room in my dwelling. (Like, bathrooms and closets and such don't count.)
0(0.0%)
I have a (working) computer for every main room in my dwelling.
20(2.8%)
I have cable.
48(6.8%)
I have Netflix or equivalent.
31(4.4%)
I have a satellite dish.
14(2.0%)
I have a TiVo or DVR.
5(0.7%)
I have a video game console.
27(3.8%)
I have many special things. My home is a wonderland.
9(1.3%)
None of the above applies to me. I lead a simple but fulfilling life!
75(10.6%)
I am a Luddite. (Feel free to explain how you are taking this poll.)
2(0.3%)

More check boxes for your checking pleasure!

I wish I watched less TV.
11(2.1%)
I wish I watched more TV. (Not that you had time to do so. That's a whole different thing.)
58(11.2%)
I wish I spent less time online or playing on the computer.
151(29.1%)
I wish I spent more time online or playing on the computer. (Again, not that you had time to.)
29(5.6%)
I leave the TV on when I'm doing other things.
70(13.5%)
I leave the TV on all day.
3(0.6%)

How many hours of TV do you watch during a week? Recorded stuff, DVRed stuff, movies at home, stuff you watch on hulu at your computer - it all counts.

0.
32(4.5%)
1-4.
201(28.2%)
5-8.
176(24.6%)
9 - 12.
116(16.2%)
13 - 16.
62(8.7%)
17 - 20.
41(5.7%)
21 - 24.
30(4.2%)
25 - 28.
20(2.8%)
29 - 32.
10(1.4%)
33 - 36.
9(1.3%)
37 - 40.
4(0.6%)
More than 40 hours per week. Possibly I get paid for watching TV. You don't know.
13(1.8%)

You have to give up one. Otherwise, you will lose both.

TV. (Including DVDs and TV on the computer and so on.)
643(90.8%)
Computers for recreation, including any means of going online. (So you can have a phone, but not one that connects to the internet. And so on.)
65(9.2%)

Finally, please choose a chunk of text.

You're a kitty!
218(31.4%)
No, I'm a kitty.
126(18.1%)
Put it in the kitty.
69(9.9%)
I was young, and the cat didn't mind.
127(18.3%)
Doggies.
155(22.3%)
 
 
 
Thornthornsilver on June 22nd, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
Seriously, who on Earth keeps a back up TV? I'd have a back up computer, if I can afford one, because I will die horribly otherwise.
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(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 22nd, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Imaginary Researcher: Dar Williams - skadihannahrorlove on June 22nd, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
I don't own a television. I feel so liberated.
tried to eat the safe banana: Dinosaurs and sodomythefourthvine on June 22nd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
It's nice to own a TV for DVD watching purposes (on those occasions when we get the chance; our TV has not actually been on since I watched my Yuletide source back in November), but a lot of the time I stare at the large amount of space it occupies and think, we could put a bookshelf where you are.

Do you watch TV on your computer?
(no subject) - hannahrorlove on June 22nd, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
a pioneer woman without a frontierbarbed_whispers on June 22nd, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
I only have an actual tv because a friend had an extra one and felt sorry for me because I couldn't play the one video game system I own (which I was given by my brother who felt sorry for me because I couldn't play the one video game I enjoy). If I HAVE a tv/cable, I have a disturbing tendancy to plant myself in front of it and watch the food channel for 8 hours before I realize I've wasted a large chunk of my life. As it is, I only turn my tv on if I want to lay on the couch and watch a dvd instead of laying in my bed and watching a dvd. I lead an exciting life sometimes, let me tell you.

(I download most of my tv shows & movies, and I take a lot of dvds out of the library. By putting effort into everything I watch, I am no longer able to just lazily watch stuff for hours on end. My inability to control my own laziness is also why I don't own a microwave. Sigh.)
tried to eat the safe banana: Calamity Physicsthefourthvine on June 22nd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
If I HAVE a tv/cable, I have a disturbing tendancy to plant myself in front of it and watch the food channel for 8 hours before I realize I've wasted a large chunk of my life.

I have never seen the food channel, but I hear it is VERY compelling, so I can sort of understand this.

My inability to control my own laziness is also why I don't own a microwave.

Every time I hear about someone who doesn't own a microwave, I want to ask, "But where do you hide your bread so your dogs can't get it?" And then I realize probably those people don't have dogs. *g*
(no subject) - barbed_whispers on June 22nd, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
JoAnnjoannindiw on June 22nd, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Extra info....
Um. One of the first people to answer this. I have lots of fancy stuff for a TV, but I have gone months without watching the TV.. and just started watching a bit because I need to exercise... (as in, I'm bad enough that 10 min at a time is about how much I managed to exercise today).

... and I have four TVs. Sat TV with DVR. A game console courtesy of a friend just recently installed. In all major rooms of my house. (not guest bedrooms, but, still. I have a dust-covered TV in my bedroom).

... I also have five computers (four of which are currently on - one is my music, and hooked up to good speakers, one is linux that is on for chat, one is Mac os for refreshing firefox so I can read up on the Iran updates, and one is Windows Os so I can (in theory!) catch up on my work). Computer graveyard would bring the total up.. um, much higher.

not a luddite but only semi-literate in computer stuff....
tried to eat the safe banana: please stand bythefourthvine on June 22nd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Extra info....
I have lots of fancy stuff for a TV, but I have gone months without watching the TV.

See, we also go months without watching the TV, but we don't have the fancy stuff. I am fascinated by the combination of fancy stuff and not using it!

Computer graveyard would bring the total up.. um, much higher.

We do not think about the Computer Graveyard. It is better that way. (I'm afraid they might be, like, breeding back there, or rising from the dead to become zombie computers. BETTER NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT.)
Re: Extra info.... - joannindiw on June 23rd, 2009 05:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
Jillsjourneyjillsjourney on June 22nd, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
you might want an option of 0 for how many people are under 2.
tried to eat the safe banana: please stand bythefourthvine on June 22nd, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I was seduced by the default option on that one, and it became one of those things where you realize juuuuuust to late to edit the poll. Sorry!
Zigismunda formosamelannen on June 22nd, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
If I was in a situation where a backup TV was feasible (space was not at a premium, and I knew I would not be moving), and my second TV died... I would wait until someone I knew was getting rid of an old TV, and claim that one.

Actually, everyone in RL I know who has more than one TV in the house has at least one TV they got as a hand-me-down.

(Also I clicked "13-15 hours a week" but actually I put on Countdown and Rachel Maddow and the Daily Show and Colbert on a web browser window, and then tab away and do something else while I listen to the audio. So my actual looking-at-picture time is less than that.)
tried to eat the safe banana: please stand bythefourthvine on June 22nd, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
I would wait until someone I knew was getting rid of an old TV, and claim that one.

This is a highly reasonable strategy!

Actually, everyone in RL I know who has more than one TV in the house has at least one TV they got as a hand-me-down.

*ponders* I don't think I actually know how most of the people we know got their additional TVs.
(no subject) - melannen on June 22nd, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 23rd, 2009 12:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - duckyjane on June 22nd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - melannen on June 22nd, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Blackletterblackletter on June 22nd, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I said I have two functioning computers, but it's more like one and a half. I have one nice desktop computer that I use most of the time. And then I have a decade old laptop that I keep in my office at school, which takes 10 minutes to start up, grinds to a halt whenever I try to run a virus scan, weighs 15 pounds, requires an external wi-fi card, and will surely die one of these years. Maybe. It's like the Bob Hope of computers.
tried to eat the safe banana: please stand bythefourthvine on June 24th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
On the bright side, anyone who steals the laptop to you will probably return it the next day with an irritated note. That is some fine strategizing!
lunatangleofthorns on June 22nd, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
For "TV," I think there's a really qualitatively different experience between watching tv as in entertainment programming, and watching news or sports. Just thinking.
indywind on June 22nd, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
How is sports different from entertainment programming?
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 24th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
Susan: catastrophist since 1982: military themedaydreamer on June 22nd, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I was unable to confirm that there are zero people under the age of 2 in my dwelling, but lo, it is true. Also, I sort of have a TV in every main room in the house because I have one TV in a studio apartment, but there's no TV in the kitchen, which is kind of a different room even though there's no proper door, and I didn't think I qualified based on the spirit of the kitchen.

Also, technically the TV belongs to idiasm because her relatives gave her one and she already had one and didn't see why she needed two, and I have issues committing to purchases greater than $30, so hers is on indefinite loan to me, to be terminated at any time by either party.
abbyleeabbylee on June 22nd, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
See, and to me, the kitchen is the one place where I *would* put a tv. Well, or maybe a computer without a keyboard? So I can laugh at IRC and read my flist but not accidentally cook on the electronics.
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 24th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
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tried to eat the safe banana: please stand bythefourthvine on June 24th, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD. I used to live with a guy, waaaaay back in the dark ages, who was like that, and I put a stop to it. I just could not deal with that: a TV on. In my HOME.

(I am a demon about the thing where people leave the TV on, because the TV makes me crazy, and I see no point in being crazy if no one is even watching it. If you need background sounds, THAT IS WHY WE HAVE MUSIC, people. Also, when I get crazy like that, I tend to take it out on other people, so after a while they would rather have it off, too.

True story: I once spent a summer babysitting a baby and her ten-year-old brother from 7:30 to 5:30, in a house where the TV was on all the time. I walked in the first day and turned off the TV, and the boy stared at me in puzzlement: "It's okay to have it on," he said. "It's always on. My mother lets us."

"She might," I said. "But I don't. While I'm here, it's off." And he accepted that, although he clearly thought I was the weirdest person ever. And, hey! His reading improved a whole grade level that summer.)
Harleycrimsonkitty88 on June 22nd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
I watch more tv on my computer than I do on my actual television.
tried to eat the safe banana: please stand bythefourthvine on June 24th, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
I can see that! I've never tried it, but it seems like it would be easier to follow and more contained.
(no subject) - crimsonkitty88 on June 24th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
Cristin Anneladysorka on June 22nd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
I do have two televisions, but my secondary television is not hooked up to cable and is old enough that if my main one broke I would end up having to replace it because my secondary won't support a cable box and doesn't have enough input/output things. It's pretty much exclusively devoted to the Wii. Well, and the old VHS player's in that room if I feel the need to hook it up.

I also leave the tv playing a lot during the day simply because I live alone and it's nice to have voices sometimes. It gets left on things like HGTV a lot.

Edited at 2009-06-22 01:12 am (UTC)
bleedtobluebleedtoblue on June 22nd, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
No one in my house is under two, thank goodness. I don't even have teenagers anymore! Again, thank goodness.
when regiment is gone: Airshipkindkit on June 22nd, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
I don't own a TV right now, but I watch some TV shows through other means.

I found the "which would you give up" question almost impossible, because I'm online primarily because of fandom, and I wouldn't be able to participate in fandom in the way I prefer without access to the source material. There are non-TV fandoms, of course, but my main fandoms at the moment are all TV shows.
boogieshoesboogieshoes on June 22nd, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
thirded. i finally picked that i would give up tv, because i do love talking theory. :-p

-bs
misspamela: Daily Show - fruchickmisspamela on June 22nd, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
We DL or stream everything we watch. I have days where I'm so glad we don't spend hours watching the Food Network, and I have days where I desperately miss being able to watch shows when they air.