TV in the Home Office: Suitable or Major Distraction?

TV in the Home Office: Suitable or Major Distraction?

Taryn Williford
Sep 21, 2011

If you're the type to abhor television altogether, this question is a no brainer. But for those of us who stay tuned to the tube for research or who are likely to leave the TV on "for background noise," deciding whether to put a TV in the home office area is a little less cut-and-dry.

It's something that's been on our minds lately. Considering our office doubles as a guest room, would it be a bonus or a hindrance to set up a TV in the workspace?

We wanted to know your thoughts. Could the TV-in-the-office question be as hotly debated as the TV-in-the-bedroom or TV-in-the-kids'-rooms conundrums?

As we see it, there are three competing schools of thought on the TV-in-the-office debate:

YES! Whether your office pulls double-duty as a guest room or not, having a TV in the office could be a bonus. If you're the type that concentrates better with background noise, this is one way to get it. It might even help your work directly! It lets a trader keep tabs on stocks and helps a crafter follow step-by-step with the Martha Stewart Show.

Televisions can be distracting. You carved out a home office for yourself in the name of separation and concentration. The TV belongs in the TV room, and far away from your workspace.

Nowadays, all you need to watch "TV" is a computer. There's a myriad of web TV options out there, so if you want to catch a show in your office (in the name of research!), you can just pull it up on your laptop or computer monitor.

What do you think? Do you have a TV in your office area? Do you need to stay tuned in for work? Or would it just serve as a distraction? Tell us in the comments!

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