Overall, when we posed the question “Do you keep a television in the bedroom?” to others, we were met with a resounding “no.” But the impassioned response was attached to a plethora of reasons. The most popular, of course, was intimacy. To put matters into perspective, consider this statement from the Health and Family Welfare Minister of India: “When there is no electricity, there is nothing else to do but produce babies; but if there is electricity in every village, then people will watch TV till late at night and then fall asleep. They won’t get a chance to produce children.” If India’s welfare minister can publicly refer to bedroom television viewing as an effective method of population control, perhaps we should rethink our screens-in-the-bedroom policy.
However, not all couples that keep TVs in their bedrooms have intimacy issues. In fact, isn’t there something romantic about cuddling up in bed with your partner and watching a movie together? Perhaps moderation (like with most things) is the key. This topic is so polarizing we had to ask around to see how couples navigate the TV-in-the-bedroom policy. Scroll through to see what we found.
“If my fiancée had his way, we wouldn't have a TV in the house, but that’s just crazy! The compromise: living room only.” Jessica and her betrothed have another problem—late-night cell phone use: “Unfortunately, we do have a bad habit of catching up on social media in bed.” Ah, don’t we all? This is a bad habit we really need to kick.
Newlyweds Cory, 29, and Raleigh, 24, grew up with different TV-in-the-bedroom policies but are definitely on the same page now. “My husband grew up with a TV in his bedroom,” says Raleigh. He literally fell asleep to it every night. I never had one in my bedroom, and my mom, from pretty early on, told me that if I were to get married, I should never have a TV near the bedroom. Now my husband agrees—a TV should never be in your bedroom—if you want to have regular sex.” Our takeaway: Raleigh’s mom gives killer marital advice.
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We want to know your take on the TV (and/or digital screens)–in-the-bedroom policy. Tell us how screens, or a lack thereof, play a role in your relationships in the comments.