We gave away our television a few years ago and upon hearing the news our friends and family asked "Why would you do that? Are you upgrading to a plasma?". Breaking out of our zombie like TV addiction was one of the best health related decisions we ever made. Here are a few simple and easy reasons to sell your TV:
1. More time.
In the old days, I used to come home from work, turn on the TV, watch the news or a sitcom and vedge out. Now that I'm not sitting in front of the TV I have an incredible amount of time to engage in many types of activities. I'm more likely to go outside for a bike ride, write in my journal and spend quality time with friends and family. For instance, in the morning I workout and in the evenings I spend my time writing and reading. It was incredibility liberating to break free from the TV addiction.
2. Save money.
How much is your monthly cable bill? I'm not sure what the going rate for cable is, but when I had cable it was around $50 a month, which translates into $600 per year. Personally, I would rather spend that money on a vacation or put it in my tiny house savings account. Additionally, I find I am less exposed to advertising and this helps curb recreational shopping.
3. Improve your health.
Studies have shown that TV is bad for your health. Sitting on our butts for hours and hours everyday is just not good. So turn the TV off and take a walk, spend time with friends/family, and be part of reality.
4. A new perspective.
When we owned a T.V. everything in our living room was centered around this little black box. Logan liked to refer to our TV as the sun in our apartment and that all of our belongings seemed to orbit this tiny TV solar system. Now our living room is much more open, welcoming, and our lives are centered around each other.
I don't think television is inherently bad. We still watch a few programs once in a while on our laptop and will occasionally rent movies too. However, I'm typically disappointed by this form of entertainment. Maybe I'm watching the wrong television shows and movies, but it seems like every storyline is recycled.
What do you think? Is there anything you would add to the list?
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