I have become one of those people–those super granola folks who have gotten rid of the idiot box that peddles the messy blob that is pop culture. Yep, I don’t own a television.
It’s been a few months now and I must say, I don’t miss it. I’m not some snobby hipster either who hates everything mainstream. I was just like the rest of America, watching guilty-pleasure “reality” tv, tuning in for my favorites (Scandal, Boardwalk Empire, etc), having the television on for no reason in particular, flipping through the few hundred channels at my disposal and settling on something just to have the dang television on.
The biggest thing I’ve learned since chucking the boob tube is that I really only “miss” a handful of shows, so paying the astronomical price for cable with premium channels was not even remotely worth it.
Aside from the financial benefits, the one major bit of awesomeness is that I truly get more work done. I’m a freelance writer, which means I often work from home and I’m very particular about my work environment (specific snacks, minimal clutter, blah, blah, blah). The television was just one big distraction more than anything else.
Sure I had the will power to not turn it on most of the time when I was on a tight deadline, but having it on during other parts of the day was not a good look either. I had a very unhealthy Maury addiction for a little while. For shame.
My decision to go sans television came during a big transition in my life that put me in a headspace to re-evaluate my lifestyle choices and get to a point of nurturing the optimal me. The result is that I’m back to reading more, I don’t get sucked into discussions about negative, useless things happening on “reality” shows and I feel more present, connected. When people come over to my place, we have to like…talk. We listen to music, eat food, look each other in the eye and actually bond. Not that you can’t bond or have a good time while watching television, but there’s nothing like good ol’ fashioned, organic conversation.
And because I do have internet access, I can still watch the shows I really want to watch. Scandal comes on Friday mornings on ABC’s website and I can catch performances from late night shows anywhere online. Most award shows are lackluster, so I can watch the highlights the next day and save myself a few hours. Basically, I don’t feel like I’m missing anything by not having a television.
Would you ever consider going without a television?