‘Counting On’: Jill Duggar Defends Not Having a TV in Her Home, Says ‘Millennials’ Are Doing It

Jill Duggar is one of the most well-known members of the Duggar family, despite that she hasn’t been on Counting Onsince 2017. However, people still tend to care about what Duggar is doing, and she has a massive social media presence with 1.6 million followers. When Duggar took fans on a tour of her new home, many noticed that she did not have a television. And now, she’s still defending why she chose not to raise her children with a TV.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

The Duggars were raised very traditionally

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have 19 kids — and they raised them all much differently than most modern Americans are raised. The two enforced strict rules upon their children, such as girls not being allowed to wear pants, and limited access to the Internet. Michelle and Jim Bob also do not have any televisions in their homes, and though some of the kids have grown up to watch TV, others still stick to this way of life. The Duggars are very religious, so Michelle and Jim Bob tried to only allow things in their home that would progress the children’s relationship with God.

Fans noticed Duggar doesn’t have a television in her home

Duggar married Derick Dillard back in 2014, and the two have started their own family with their own rules. However, they still stick to Duggar’s upbringing when it comes to television. Earlier this year, Duggar and Dillard built a brand new house in Arkansas; fans were surprised, since neither of them seem to hold full-time jobs at the moment, but nonetheless, many were happy for the family. Duggar took fans on a video tour, and people noticed there were no televisions in her home. Some understood that this was because the family spends their time focusing on religion rather than watching television, but Duggar suggested that’s only part of the reason.

Duggar recently said ‘millennials’ are steering away from televisions

On November 21, Duggar posted a screenshot of a conversation she’d had with her husband where she said she let the kids watch Counting On. In the comments section of the photo, some wondered whether the Dillards caved and bought a TV, but Duggar told fans that the kids watched it on the computer. “We just watched online on our laptop,” Duggar said. “My hubby says he read something about it becoming more common for millennials to not have TVs.” Duggar said that it’s because so much can be accessed from the Internet these days.

The New York Post did publish an article back in 2015 saying that the percentage of millennials who own TVs had dropped by 10.6% between September 2014 and January 2015. Now that so many people have streaming services, cable isn’t as necessary, and more young people are giving up on television altogether.

She also recently said she has no plans to return to ‘Counting On’

Duggar also clarified a question many fans have had lately — the former reality star said she won’t be returning to her family’s show any time soon. Duggar explained that Counting On came to be “too much” for their family, so she and Dillard left and don’t plan to come back. However, there were rumors that the Dillards were fired from the show back in 2017 after Dillard posted homophobic and transphobic tweets. The whole truth remains unknown, but regardless, the family won’t be returning to the show.