I don’t watch a lot of television. In fact, back when S.D. and I first began talking about moving in together we decided that we weren’t going to bother setting up a television with cable. Instead, we have a Wii and we have a DVD player and we are quite content with our set up.
For S.D. this was not much of a change. He almost never watched television. Instead, he occupied his time with the internet, gaming, drawing his own comic…For me however, this was a bit of a change…although I had originally claimed not to watch much television…once I was without, I realized just how much I had previously depended on it. I got most of my news from television, when I was alone I depended on it as background noise, and I just never noticed how much mindless hours I had spent sitting in front of it watching shows that although I found interesting…weren’t all that important.
Without television, I find myself not missing it. I’ll admit that I haven’t totally given up television. I still own the entire series of Gilmore Girls…the first few seasons of Big Bang Theory…and I still have a somewhat sizable queue of favorited shows on Hulu and Amazon Prime but when I don’t have any new shows on there to watch…I don’t watch anything except for a movie or two over the weekend.
I like it. In fact, I love it and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to having television. It’s kind of liberating not to have a television beckoning you. Instead I read. Last year I read over 100 books…many over the months when I didn’t have television to distract me. I also find myself finding my news from other places…if it seems important enough. At times I feel a little guilty for not paying close attention to the news…but honestly, it feels kind of liberating not to get too bogged down by it. I pay attention to Twitter. When the important stuff happens, I know about it. I’m just not glued to the morning news like I was before.
And well, not having television does make watching television into a treat. I have a television at work, so on the two days I stay over night I can treat myself to watching a rerun of Big Bang Theory or Seinfeld. When I visit my parents, it’s something to do in the morning before everyone else wakes up (as I never can sleep in when I’m there)…and when S.D. and I go on vacation…it’s definitely nice to curl up in bed at the end of the night with a glass of wine and the remote.