Day 20 of the Blogging from A to Z April challenge. Today’s topic: television, or the lack thereof.
I’ve never been a huge TV person. For as long as I can remember, I’d usually multitask while watching: crocheting something, working on homework or later paperwork for a job, playing a computer game; something (I even take something to crochet with me to the movie theater). I can’t just sit there.
After I graduated college, I became a teacher. Teachers aren’t known for their high salaries, nor their massive amounts of free time, so one of the things we decided not to get was cable. There was enough to watch on regular networks, and then along came Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc. All was well in TV Land.
But then I noticed that shows started changing. Aside from all the pointless reality shows, it was no longer possible to watch sporadically. Episodic shows like Bones, House, and even comedies like Scrubs needed to be watched every week or you wouldn’t understand what was going on.
As people who know me can attest to, I can be stubborn. If you flat-out tell me what to do, chances are I’ll oppose you just on principle. And I felt that TV was forcing me to watch, week after week, so I stopped watching. Simple as that.
When I moved last summer, I donated my massive old TV to Goodwill, and for the last ten months I’ve been TV-free. I still have a computer to watch videos on, but I really don’t do that very often.
And I gotta tell you, it’s great. I don’t want to say I’m necessarily more productive, but I’m more productive on certain things, like writing. I can’t see myself getting another TV any time in the near future.
Could you give up TV?