We own a 40-inch flat-screen TV. We didn’t buy it; we inherited it. It seems plenty big to me, lets us watch our favorite HBO shows, and neatly fills one corner of our family room.
By comparison to what’s being sold these days, though, our set is shrimpy and passe. Samsung now offers a 78-inch curved screen TV — that’s almost twice as large as ours — and other manufacturers are churning out TVs with more than 50- and 60-inch screens. Big-screen TVs are the growth area in otherwise flat TV sales. Believe it or not, some people are willing to spend more than $1,000 for large-screen units that include internet connection capabilities and that will serve as the focal points of family rooms and, apparently, family life.
I recognize that fast-moving sports like pro football look great on a large, high-definition, flat screen TV, but aren’t we getting a bit carried away here? Laying out more than a grand on a huge set that takes up an entire wall of a room seems excessive.