The first day without cable was torture. I decided to return my cable box to the cable company on a Thursday. In hindsight, I probably should have waited until Monday to cancel my cable so that I would at least have had the opportunity to indulge in the weekend TV lineup one last time, but I quit cold turkey. By day two without cable, I was doing just fine. In the end, it wasn’t about how expensive having cable had become. Rather, it was about how much time that I was spending watching TV that really bothered me. Once I quit cable, I had time for so many other things that I had been putting off. I started to go hiking on weekends. I read a lot more. I took a standardized test that I postponed five times. I try out new restaurants and bars with friends. I also attempt to cook a lot more (and I fail most of the time).
Don’t get me wrong. I still watch some TV shows but just not nearly as many as I use to. I continue to watch Pretty Little Liars, which is available for free online, and I watch CBS’ Big Brother. The only time I really turn on my TV now is to watch DVD’s on Netflix. I am four DVD’s away from watching every single movie in my Netflix queue, so after I am through with those I will cancel my Netflix subscription. Most movies can be rented from the local library for free and for any new releases, Blockbuster has those convenient kiosks where you can rent movies for a couple of bucks.
I’m not saying that watching TV is bad or that everyone should get rid of cable. I’m just acknowledging that TV was a major time leech for me and I’m glad that I have so many extra hours now and more motivation to try new things. Did you get rid of your cable or have you recently reduced the amount of TV that you watch? I would love to hear about it!