According to an article in the Washington Post today, I am not alone. There are quite a few people who do not own televisions. Okay, we are talking about less than 2% of the total US population but 2% is still 2%. I do own a television from back when I had cable tv but I decided about 3 years ago to discontinue my cable. And I live in an area where if you do not have cable basically you have no reception. Even public television has extremely poor reception. My main reason behind cutting of my own cable was the cost. In order to get BBC, I had to get the higher price package. And about the only thing I watched was BBC. The cost did not justify itself for just one channel. I did occasionally watch FoodTv but not that much. I decided to turn off my tv for exactly one week. And that one week turned into two. When two weeks turned into 3 weeks, I called the cable company and canceled my service.
My mother still can’t figure out how I can survive without cable. But she is also some one who will turn on the television first thing in the morning and it will be on all day until she goes to bed at night. And we are not talking about one television but she will have two televisions on at the same time. I was over at her house yesterday and I had to go out side to the sun room for some quiet.
I still have my television but I use it to watch DVDs a couple of times a week. I do use Netflix for my movies and documentaries. I love documentaries and I watch quite a few of them. Plus I find that I am willing to watch unusual movies that I would never have looked at before. I will watch foreign films over American films now. Although if you were to look at my queue, right now the top 10 are all cartoon. Okay, I admit it, I like Darkwing Duck and Scooby Doo. I also watch Duck Tales. But I can also pick and chose when I want to watch them.
I have found that I read more and, of course, I knit more without television. I have always been a reader but I have actually been reading more over the past few years. And I am not a library person. So yes, I know exactly how much I have spent on my reading materials. (I do not use my local library because they never seem to have in what I am interested in reading. I do admit to having very eclectic tastes in reading material.)
So have you ever considered turning off the television in your house for week? Try it and see how much time you find that you actually have to spend doing things you want to do.