Yup, this one’s off topic. But I need your help. Am I behind the times?
Writing the Nokia N8/Big Screen post just now prompted me to think about my television situation.
I only own one television. It’s a rubbish 32″ Poloroid from 2007 that’s got such bad sound that I had to buy a set of those JBL Creature speakers for it. [If you’d like to know why I’ve got a shit television, I point you in the direction of my wife. Explanation here.]
I was talking with some chaps yesterday about flatscreen TVs. It’s not something I’ve given much thought to recently. Indeed ever since my wife and I got together, we’ve not bothered buying a new TV beyond ‘that’ one. We hardly ever watch real-time television and the baby has kept us focused on sleep rather than entertainment.
However I was astonished to find that one chap owned 5 flatscreen TVs. He has a 50″ in the ‘living room’ and even has a 40″ in the kitchen.
In the kitchen?
The other chap nodded away as though this was normal. Turns out they both have 40″ and 50″ TVs all over the house. Their 7 year old even has a 40″ in the bedroom!
I think I’ve missed something.
I obviously spend a LOT of money on computers and and mobile phones. Perhaps that’s why?
At Christmas I went home to my parents to find my 23 year old brother (who still lives with them) had just taken delivery of a 60″ flatscreen TV. It’s ridiculously big. He doesn’t even have enough wall space to hang it so it’s sat on the floor.
The more I think about it, the more I recognise I actually consume much more video content on my iPhone or my computers rather than via television.
But tell me about you. Have you got a 40″ flatscreen in the kitchen? Is this normal for people? Or just a small subset of folk? Am I the television equivalent of what I continually refer to as a ‘normob’ (“normal mobile user”) in mobile parlance?
If that’s the case, what should I have?