good thread, Matt. short answer - yes. I didn't have a tv from age about 10 until I was about 24 or 25, and even then I didn't really watch much aside from mtv an cnn. when I met my wife, she lived with her mother in a 5 bedroom apartment (just the two of them). she felt very strongly that you shouldn't have a tv in the living room, and I felt very strongly that you shouldnt have a tv in the bed room. we had a spare bedroom at the time, and I told my wife we could either use it as a library or a tv room, or not have a tv, I was open to all possibilies. I also told her that she should know that I couldn't promise her that we would be able to afford to always have a tv room, and that she should consider that - if that was the way she wanted to live her life, I couldn't promise that I could provide that, because it was something that she felt strongly about at the time. anyway, we ended up having a library/study and having the tv in the living room. then when the fist baby came we had the tv in the living room, and no library. when we lived in a larger house, we tried having a formal living room, a library and having the tv in our bed room. frankly, I really didn't like having a tv in the bedroom, and I found that having a formal living room was wasted on us. now, our lving room is basically a den - we entertain adults maybe a few times a month, at most. we need play space 24/7. so our lving room can be used to sit and have coffee with adults - but it is basically designed to be a play area for 3 kids.