Thursday, July 17, 2008

TV in bed, yes or no?



I hardly ever do this, but I love it. TV in bed. Yes. And when I stay at a hotel.... clean sheets and drifting off to the gentle noise of Law and Order? Heaven. Talk dirty to me, Vincent D'Onofrio. Oh, late-night TV, your tender post-modern fickering glow, cause of groggy mornings and bad dreams... how I love thee.

Other people, of course, think it's a bad idea.

Let's take a poll.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's all I can do to drag myself into a proper bed one or two nights a week. Otherwise it's an impromptu bed on a sofa in the sitting room. A couple of pillows and a blanket borrowed from the real bed makes for a cozy nest and an ideal platform for watching television.

Watching TV from the adjoining bedroom in the bedroom lacks the same adventure, the same guilty pleasure, the same snug dreaminess as comes with stealing a sofa-ed sick day away from school or work -- to catch up on marathons of Law & Order and old and oddball films.

Anonymous said...

Nope, no way, no how. No TV in the bedroom at home. No way. At a hotel, it's fine if I'm by myself on business, but even then, i usually drape it in a towel. No kidding. Too many electronics in a bedroom is bad for my ju-ju. I won't work on a computer in bed either. Bedroom is for sleeping, reading, and fucking. Not in that order, and sometimes, all at once.

Anonymous said...

Oh please, my boyfriend and I fool around all the time with the TV on. It's American! It's multi-tasking!

(Who remembers the Seinfeld where George tries to combine TV, food, and sex into one experience? Genius.)

Anonymous said...

PS: I'd take Chris Meloni over Vincent D'Onfrio. It seems so self-explanatory.

céline said...

NO !!!!!!!!
I will sleep instead !
(sorry for my very bad english !!!!!! I don't often practice !!)
Céline

Meander said...

vincent vincent vincent!!! sorry chris. as for the whole tv thing i'm completely un-american, i don't actually have one at all in any room.
i work and relax at home and when i vacation or hang out with friends is when i feed my television cravings, this way it feels ever so more decadent!

karina said...

Yes, I have one I almost never turn it on but it ia anyway.
These days it was very useful, little children sick (nothing serious) but spendind time in mama bed watching cartoons was great for him.
so I vote YES, yv in my bedroom.

Anonymous said...

This poll is meaningless unless you designate subgroups. For example, married > 10 years with children. A tv in my bedroom is the only time I can watch something that I like without interruptions, without complaints.

Otherwise it's the Matrix or Cartoon Network.

Jennifer said...

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I used to be a no, but when I got married I had to compromise so now I'm a yes. I like it when I have nothing good to read, but it's totally irritating when I'm trying to read, so I'm annoyingly on the fence.

Mint Julep said...

I'm a tad on the immature side, so I love lying in bed and falling asleep to the soothing sounds of Cartman from South Park.

Be the change..... said...

definitely yes. Not a huge screen, mind you -but a small flat screen in the bedroom is such a good idea! A movie before bed, easier to snuggle with someone, news in the morning during breakfast in bed on weekends, tv while sick -so many reasons!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of sick, how about Chris Meloni AND Vincent D'Onofrio? And me!

Yay!

skywaykate said...

The best part about our last apartment, when we had first moved in and only had one window air conditioner was that my hubby would move the TV into the bedroom just for our regular watching pleasure. We spent 24/7 in the bedroom to make it through the heat for a couple of weeks that summer.

Although we have a comfy couch, there's nothing like our bed. I just don't want the TV to turn into a "hafta turn it on to fall asleep thing" so I keep it out of the bedroom.

Totally understand when you have kids (either so you can watch something without being bothered or so that you can entertain the kids in bed when they don't feel well).

Be the change..... said...

I'd join in on that, Anony!

MommytoAva said...

I am torn. My husband and I love watching a movie after our toddler is in bed, so it would be a true decadence to have a more comfortable and roomy lounging area than our loveseat sized sofa that we both struggle to stay on (imagine a game of horizontal twister with dangling limbs threatening to self-amputate every few minutes). On the other hand, my parents had a TV in their bedroom and I found the responsibility to turn it off (at some ungodly hour, after waking to obnoxious late night laughter) would fall on me as I'd find mom & dad asleep, snoring to their hearts content. If that wasn't annoying enough, I'd also wake to smooth jazz blaring from the Weather Channel at another ungodly hour...6:00 AM. That being said, the topic is still open for discussion in our household, but I will need a written contract of when and how the TV will be used. No late night flipping, No automatic turn on the morning, and certainly...No children in our bed! If they are sick, they should be sleeping in their own rooms with little distraction and restoring their ailing bodies.

Anonymous said...

BTC: You are a devilish li'l architect, aren't ya?

;-)

Be the change..... said...

Oh, You have no idea, Anon *angelic smile*

jen said...

OF COURSE I watch tv in bed. What else would I do while I'm having sex?

Anonymous said...

NEVER EVER. NEVER.

Anonymous said...

NO. The bedroom is for two things and tv is not one of them.

Anonymous said...

This whole weird anti-TV prudery is emerging here...

Prima Donna Momma said...

lol..aggh! That's my husband's fave thing to do and my least! I'm starting to get used to it, sloooowly. Why not sleep to the cooking channel or Disney Chanel instead? Pleasant dreams, pleasant dreams...

Anonymous said...

People act like the only things you should ever do you in your bedroom is sleep or fuck. When you live in a tiny ass house with two TVs and your significant other is watching a UFC fight marathon – you better believe your ass I am high tailing it to the bedroom to watch Sex and the City reruns in bed.

Oh, I'm a yes.

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Meg said...

I don't want it in my regular life (I watch TV, but we only have one), and love, love, love it in a hotel, ESPECIALLY if I am alone for the night, and can, without (understandably) snarky asides from my husband, watch cheesy chick flicks. What about you?

Anonymous said...

I hate this priggish "the bedroom is for two things only."

Listen here: I've given my boyfriend a blowjob in the kitchen. Did I break your room rules? Too fucking bad.

A Print A Day said...

no for me and my husband. and i've chosen not to have cable so reception is quite horrid, so i barely watch tv unless i'm at someone else's house.

though if i could have HBO and HBO alone, i'd sign up for that.

Anonymous said...

I can't sleep without it. It used to be Cheers, then Seinfeld, now it's L&O CI night after night. We never watch until we're in bed for the night. We never watch mornings or daytime or evening stuff. We have never seen Oprah's show.

She Who Must Be Obeyed said...

If it works, it's good - whatever is right for you is fine with me. Himself watches Letterman in bed while I'm with my bbf House in reruns downstairs; I'm always late to the party, so I'm still trying to catch up. I've never watched an entire "Oprah" either, btw. Bed seems to be the place I can watch telly without the guilty feeling that I'm wasting time.

Anonymous said...

Yes.

After an especially long, tiresome week, the best date night with my significant other is snuggling in the bed, while watching a good movie. It's a therapeutic comfort like no other.

pve design said...

We had lightning strike a tree in the back and it wrecked havoc on several electrical appliances along with the tv in the bedroom (which I miss) -(My OBgyn- says no tv's in the bedroom) but we are looking to get a new one. Gone are the days of 1 tv per household. Everyone always had their own tv shows.
I agree, on vacation, there is nothing more relaxing than watching tv in bed like a sloth.

Anonymous said...

PVE:

Just curious: Why is your OB/GYN weighing in on TVs in the bedroom?

The Lil Bee said...

Ha, I like these last couple posts! I watch TV in bed almost every night with my husband. Never used to, but now we like watching "programs" before we go to bed. We call them "programs" because they usually consist of an investigation or mystery of some sort, and my grandma used to always say, "Jack, let's get a program on," when she wanted to watch Murder She Wrote or Dragnet or something like that.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

It's there, no cable, bad reception and mostly for the children to watch PBS in the mornings when we're trying to get ready for the day. I can't stand it. Mrs. E. and I watch a movie a night, but not any regular programming. The commercials drive me to distraction -- and I was in advertising.

True luxury would be being awake enough at the end of the day to read in bed again... that is one pleasure that I truly miss.

Anonymous said...

uh... right! Me too! Only for the children, to watch PBS! Yeah...

sherri said...

tv in bed - yes. every night - no. vincent - big yes.

Anonymous said...

I'm more interested in TV at work.

AvenueFog said...

Alas, TV (and very many pillows) keeps me from finding less suitable company in bed ;-)