A co-worker, who just learned that we do not have a single TV, was asking? “How do your kids deal with it? Are they upset?”
The short answer is No.
The long answer is that when they were pre-school age, I bought a TV, thinking it would make it easier to recruit babysitters. But the quality of our interactions was so much poorer, and then the kids didn’t want to do anything besides watch TV. So when the eldest left for college, I sent the TV with him. We had the blasted thing for about 7 months.
The kids found other things to do. They made forts with the couch cushions, they read lots and lots of library books, one of them created comic strips for several years. We built a tree house, they rode their bikes in a nearby park, and each of them took up at least two musical instruments.
They did watch TV at their dad’s and friends’ houses, and they had the satisfaction a few times of telling the teacher that they couldn’t do the assigned homework because they didn’t have a TV. (This was always accompanied by a note from me verifying it was true.) Once or twice, I overheard them bragging to a friend that they didn’t have a TV at home.
It is hard to know for sure, but I think they are more creative and disciplined than they would be if we did have a TV.