I often lament that I always seem to miss my favorite shows. I can’t watch because I’m so busy doing other things. But wait, that’s not such a bad thing, is it? I am on this planet to live life. Watching TV doesn’t add to that. In a lot of ways, watching TV actually takes away from our lives.
TV costs money. No matter how you bundle it, cable bills add up. Cable bills can cost us about $60 a month. That’s $60 that could be going toward paying down debt, savings, or other household expenses.
TV floods your home with advertisements. These ads make you want to buy stuff. They are designed to make you feel that what you have is not good enough. They try to convince you that their product will bring you happiness and success. Once the need for the product is created, we rush out and buy. This is unnecessary temptation for the minimalist.
TV steals time away from us. TV costs us more than money. As a society, we spend way too much time in front of the TV. Time spent in front of the TV is time that could probably be better used to write blog posts, exercise, prepare a meal, or spend time with family.
TV contributes to bad health. Obesity is on the rise. Sitting and watching TV is almost always a sedentary activity. TV also encourages poor eating habits, as unhealthy foods are constantly advertised.
TV slows us down. Ever tried to study and watch TV? Personally, I can’t get anything done with the TV on. The TV steals my focus, and compels me to watch it. In a busy world, the last thing we need is another distraction.
If it’s so bad, why do we watch? Well, we’re used to watching TV. Everyone else is watching TV. Plus, it requires little effort. It’s just easy to waste an evening in front of the TV.
But for me, it’s time to shut off the glowing box that beckons me. My productivity suffers when I watch TV. I’m not exercising when I’m watching TV. There’s so much that’s not happening when I watch TV. It’s just not a good use of my time. So I guess I’ll just have to learn to live with not knowing what happens to my favorite characters. Instead, I’ll be out there creating my own story.