We don’t have cable or own a television. Not a flatscreen and not even a large old box T.V. Our iMac serves as our TV of sorts. Yes, we’re odd since 99% of you own at least one television and 66% of you have 3+.
What?! Then how do you watch _______? Whatever show you placed in the blank, I probably don’t know what’s happening.
For some of you, it may be un-American to not know who got kicked off the latest reality show Well, I don’t know and frankly I don’t care.[Confession: I do watch Parenthood and cooking shows on Hulu with my wife.]
Shocking Facts about TV (click here for study)
- Average American watches 4 hours of TV a day.
- 49% say they watch too much TV
- Kids will see 200,000 violent acts on TV by the age of 18.
Our Life without Cable and a Traditional TV
- We save money on cable. I estimate $360 a year if cable is $30 a month (low estimate)
- We can arrange our furniture more creatively since the TV doesn’t dictate where the couch should be.
- I can read more books. I plan to read at least 15 this year. See what I read in 2011.
- I’m able to write more on this blog, guest blog, and do some corporate writing on the side.
- We consume and spend less money. The less I know about new products and foods, the less I want them. The average person will see 2 million ads in their lifetime! Sure- I’m marketed to online, but I can control it more by blocking ads and other fancy techie ways.
- I do miss having cable for college football season (War Eagle!), but I’ll catch a few games online on ESPN3 or CBS sports.
- I am healthier. For every 2 hours of TV watched (on average per day), the risk of heart disease increases 15% and Type 2 Diabetes increases 20% (article)
- I am wealthier. In the book The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need (Affiliate link) it finds that for every hour of TV watched, yearly spending increases $200. Wow!
- More importantly it helps me focus on my family and faith.
- It helps me__________. (help me fill in the blank in the comments).