Friday a friend came into my office and asked me if I watched “So You Think You Can Dance” this week. I replied ,” no, I have no idea when it is even on, in fact, I rarely watch TV at all”. She looked horrified and asked “what do you do with your time?”. The reaction struck me as funny and a little weird. I thought about it for a moment and said “everything I always wanted to do, but didn’t have enough time, because it was spent sitting in front of the TV”.
I have been existing without cable or satellite since mid-April and frankly, I have never felt so free in my life!
I really never thought I could do it, give up cable, but I had been thinking about it for months prior to actually canceling service. Sometime around January I started feel addicted and trapped by my viewing habits. Around that same time is when I became more determined to get out out of debt and off the spending roller coaster. I always had many excuses on why I needed cable. My most common excuse was “It’s not like I spend my money on nights out at the bar, this is my main form of entertainment!”.
In April, I was finally forced to make the decision due to a new roof. I was subscribed to a satellite company getting all my channels in HD and in a love-hate relationship with my DVR. There were two satellites on my roof, only one was used. When the roofers were working, I told them to take them both off, cut the lines, and chuck em in the back yard. I had made my decision, my love affair with cable was over.
Don’t get me wrong I still watch TV, but not nearly as much. To sit down and watch TV I have to know when a show is on (I haven’t had to know the TV schedule in at least 5 years) and play with my antenna for ten minutes for it to appear. That is just way too time consuming just to watch a TV show. The antenna remains in place for CBS so I can watch the local news and that is about it. I do have Netflix and a Roku box, so I can stream video at will, and if my heart desires to watch something that much, I’ll watch it on Hulu sitting at my desk.
I find I don’t want to watch TV that much. It turns out, not only do I spend more time reading, writing, playing with dogs, but now I don’t have to spend time at work discussing the latest shows.