Here’s the thing about television – it’s been around for decades and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Watching TV is what we Americans do. We come home from work, turn on the TV and it entertains our children. It fills the silences that we are too exhausted to fill with conversation. It connects us to world events, the latest local news, and reunites us with our favorite sitcom characters.
I’m not knocking TV – I enjoy it as much as anyone else. I just think we watch too much. Numerous studies have documented the impact that TV has on our health – all too often through our waistlines.
3 months ago – after many discussions, my husband and I decided that we should get rid of cable. At the time it was because I didn’t think it was worth the $150/mo that we were paying for it. 3 months later – I have a different perspective. Here’s what happens when you get rid of your cable TV:
1- You fill your time at home with more valuable activities.
Watching TV was never my favorite activity, but it was easy and effortless and I find now that it took up time that I could have been devoting to things I actually do get a lot of enjoyment out of. I read more now than I ever have. It’s become my go-to way to fill free time and I love it. Reading is peaceful and I very much enjoy the quiet time after a long day in the office. I’m also exploring new hobbies – I think I’m going to take up knitting next. It can’t be that hard right?
2 – You find other ways to fill the silence.
I talk to my husband more. Real conversations about our future, our hopes and dreams. We stay at the dinner table, drinking wine, long after we’ve finished eating. We also enjoy listening to music more. We sometimes fight over who controls the music – but I love that he exposes me to new bands and music, and I hope that I do the same for him.
3 – You save $$$
I mentioned our cable bill of $150/mo earlier. I don’t think this is all that uncommon – we had all the movie channels and on top of that were paying for Netflix and Amazon Prime as well. We haven’t cut out TV entirely, so we still have Netflix and Amazon Prime and we also added a subscription to HBO Now and Showtime. Even doing so, we are saving over $100 each month!
Do I miss cable? Sometimes. And to be completely honest – there is one thing I must warn you about:
I am a diehard UGA fan. This, I did not take into consideration when cancelling cable in the middle of college football season. Not my smartest moment.
Basically – you just need to find a restaurant or bar nearby or go to a friends house, because you can not watch NCAA football without a cable subscription.
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