I didn't have a tv for a three year period ending about four years ago. I was sort of addicted to bad tv (daytime talk shows, tv movies, etc.) at the time and wasn't too happy about that. Plus, for the first time I was living without a roommate who had a tv, so I decided not to get one. I think it was really good for me. It allowed me to get a lot more stuff done and concentrate more on my reading and writing (I was in a graduate writing program at the time). Now that I have a tv again, I still probably watch too much, but I'm much more discriminating about what I watch. If I have a child, I think I would cut way down on my tv watching, if not get rid of it entirely. I think with a few exceptions, tv is really detrimental to kids and inhibits creativity and physical activity. If you find yourself upset a lot by what you see on tv, I'd say get rid of it for awhile and see how it goes. Radio (some), newspapers and the internet are usually better news sources anyway, and movies (some), music, museums, etc. are usually better entertainment.