There have been many times in my life when I’ve thought about quitting TV. Of course over the years what that means takes on new meaning.
30 Years ago it would have meant getting rid of the physical TV. Then it may have meant cancelling my cable subscription. And today it might mean getting rid of Netflix. But the fundamentals are the same – I spend far too much time watching TV.
I’ve often wondered how difficult this would be? Maybe I need to start small and “cut the chord” for a week or two or even a month. Think big but start small may have a better chance of success.
I also need to consider if this also means no Youtube and no going to the theatre “whisper – think big start small”. I don’t think my screen time is excessive when I hear others speak, but it does add up. On average I watch 12-15 hours per week.
Now that may not seem like a lot, but that is more than a full day at work or a nights sleep. Of course how I will fill this new found time is also very important. Reading comes to mind. Working on projects around the house. Or maybe I can spend more time and energy on building a business.
Whatever I do I know that I cannot fill it with something else that does not have a good payback. I think that is my biggest problem with TV. There is no real value in most of the content. Sure there are some great documentaries or how to shows, but for the most part, it is mindless dribble that gives nothing back.
Some may argue that it is entertainment and I am reading far too much into it. I would say there is some truth to that, but entertainment has a broad definition and this “type” takes a lot of time without giving much in return.
I think it is time to get serious about this. The first thing to do is to commit to doing something small and setting up the parameters. Some additional thinking is required, but I know I can do something to reduce my screen time and fill it with something more productive.