We made a change in our cable TV provider, as we switched to a lower priced deal. This caused an interruption of service, so we had no TV in the house for a week.
I figured, good practice for when there is no TV. A few years ago, I watched a lot of shows. But these days, I am not a huge TV watcher, with a full time job, family, kids, maintaining this blog, and preparedness activities that occupy most of my time. But I do watch a few minutes of either morning or evening news, and a few choice programs for an hour or so. This past week there was none of that. And I felt the difference.
The first few days, I missed turning on the TV to check the weather in the morning. I also missed it in the afternoon when I sat down to eat a snack, I usually turn it on and switch channels. And of course, no evening news or Nightline right before falling asleep. Kids have homework so there is not much TV during the week, but on the weekend it was definitely missed.
We read a lot more books without TV. We had checked out some books from the library and finished them pretty quickly.
I listened to the radio a lot more. Caught the weather and news on the radio during the morning and evening drive. If I wanted to check on a story then I Googled it to find out the details. Usually I found out the rest of the story anyway.
After a few days of not having TV, I started missing it less.
For now, I’ll be glad to have TV back. I don’t want to miss the next season of The Walking Dead.
But if we did give up cable and TV altogether, we would get used to it.