It's been five full months since we got rid of our TV last spring.
I love it.
Here are some of the changes I've noticed.
More peace and quiet. I, for one, do not like living in a noise-addicted society. My home is now a sanctuary.
More reading time. Without the TV, my wife and I read before bed more often. And we read more in general. So far, I've completed 30 books this year. I'll probably hit close to 40 by the time the year is out.
Our kids are more creative. Instead of begging for TV, they actually play with blocks, Legos, toy cars, etc. Their imaginations have grown tremendously, and they no longer require our constant attention (or the TV's) to keep them occupied. This is a blessing.
More enjoyment when we do watch TV. Occasionally, we will see some football at a family member's house. I enjoy it a lot more since we don't have TV at home.
Lower tolerance for TV. When the TV does happen to be on at a friend or family member's house, we can only stand so much. My biggest pet peeve is when the TV is just running in the background. Anymore, I don't ask for permission. If no one's watching, I just walk over and turn it off.
More positivity. Ever since quitting the newspaper and television, we don't see all the negative press. Which really helps us to stay positive. As Thoreau pointed out, after you've read a story about a man's untimely death, you know the principle. Do you really need to know about every specific tragedy?
If there is one overarching lifestyle change I recommend more than any other, it's getting rid of your TV. I don't mean putting it behind closed doors or in a low-traffic area. I mean get rid of it. Sell it or give it away.
If you are afraid of how your kids will react, just tell them (and your spouse, if necessary) it's an experiment. You'll do it for a few months then reevaluate. I bet once the experiment has begun you'll never go back to your old way of living.