Heyyy! I hope you’re having a great Saturday!
Thankfully, I still have power, water, and most importantly, a hot cup of coffee 😉 I woke up this morning to a lot of snow piling up IN my windows. Quite odd!
There’s been quite the accumlation outside, and some cars are starting to get covered because of the drifts. I really enjoy watching the snow, but then it dawned on me: how will all of us apartment-dwellers dig out? None of us own snow shovels. Might be taking a trip to get one later!
Life Without TV
On PBFinger’s this week, Julie mentioned a great topic on her post “Television Decision” about getting rid of cable/watching less TV in general. This reminded me that on my little computer sticky notes of never-ending blog ideas, I had typed “Why I don’t own a TV.”
That’s right. I don’t own a TV.
This is a topic I’ve been meaning to address for a while, since it’s pretty different from the norm. When friends who are unaware of this fact walk into my apartment, they usually look around for a second and then get a blank look on their face when they realize there is no TV. It’s pretty funny to them, but it’s so normal to me.
My husband and I agreed that we didn’t want to have a TV for the first year we lived together. We made this decision because we wanted to make it a habit to actually spend time together in our free time instead of spending time in the same room, not talking, staring at a glowing box. We both felt that TV would easily become habit for us, so we decided to not even give that habit a chance to form, especially early on in our marriage.
It’s been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. It’s been well over a year since we’ve been TV-less. And honestly, both of us have no inclination to get a TV any time soon.
Here’s our TV-free living room.
And across from the couch is a perfect place for…
The fire-place and some pictures! Not a TV 🙂
The Shocking Truth
I know some of you are thinking, “I could never live without TV,” or “I have to watch my favorite shows!” I’m sorry to say, but I just don’t feel that way. I know it’s different, but here’s how I honestly feel & what I love about not having a TV.
1. I don’t miss it AT ALL.
I don’t miss wasting my time. I don’t miss seeing hours gone by without moving from the couch. I don’t miss seeing commercials and annoying ads over and over. I don’t miss having a bunch of ugly technology as the focal point in my living room.
2. My life is quieter.
There is no constant noise in my home of a sports game on or the drone of infomercials. I loathe leaving a TV on for the sake of pure noise. The constant noise of TV is really annoying to me most the time, and I feel that it’s just blaring at me. There is a lot of quiet time in my home now, which makes for a quieter and more peaceful mind.
3. I see fewer ads.
I truly believe that being subject to less advertisement via TV has been a great thing. I see plenty of ads on the internet, but very few of them convince me to actually buy anything. I feel I am easily swayed by certain commercials, particularly for mascara. (How weird is that?) Now that I don’t see ads for the newest masara by Mabelline anymore, I haven’t bought new mascara in a lonnnggg time. Coincidence? I think not.
4. I live in my world – not someone elses.
TV has a way of making me feel like I am in someone else’s life. Reality TV anyone? Not having a TV means that I am focused on actual reality – not Kardashian, Hollywood, “glamorized” reality. Not having a TV has meant that I’ve become more grounded in what I consider real life, whereas I feel TV is a window into a largely false reality. I don’t buy into this reality anymore, and that’s freeing.
5. My life is focused on what I choose.
I’m not saying that all TV-watchers don’t have a choice in what they want to do with their time. But I feel that if I had TV, a lot more of what I do with my time would be decided for me (HGTV marathon, anyone?). The fact that TV veg-out sessions are not an option for me gives me more freedom in what I do with my time. Now that I don’t have a TV, I see it as such a time-suck. I’m glad I have one less thing in my life that wastes my time.
Maybe it seems weird, but I completely don’t mind being TV-free. The hubs and I do occasionally watch movies on our computer from time to time, but that’s about it. Today actually sounds like the perfect movie day because we’re snowed in! Have a great weekend 🙂
Questions for you:
- Could you ever forgo TV altogether?
- Do you think you would miss it?
- What are you doing today if you’re snowed in from Nemo?