If you happen to have a laptop and a good internet connection, there’s really no need to have a TV in your home. However, many people find it really difficult to live without one in their homes, afraid that they will get bored.
The truth is that without a TV you will be more in control of your life, maybe read a book every now and then and scientists say that your house will be much cleaner too. But let’s take a look at what life without a TV looks like:
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Do you normally wake up, turn on the TV and then brush your teeth, get dressed and eat breakfast? In case you didn’t know, having your TV running in the background slows you down because unknowingly you get distracted. The average delay caused by your morning news or whatever it is that you watch before going to work is 7 minutes.
How about you ditch that TV and read your news on your laptop? This way, you’ll be in total control of what you’re watching, which is a lot like being your own news editor. If you have the chance, buy an actual newspaper every now and then and read it on your way to work or on your lunch break.
Coming home from work you probably grab some food on your way, unlock the front door and turn on the TV. There 2 huge mistakes right there: first of all, eating takeout food is a terrible idea, especially when it’s dinner time. Also, eating while watching the TV is not a very smart thing to do either: you’ll get distracted and eat much more food than you would otherwise.
Scientists say that you can eat twice the amount of food you would normally do. With your brain focused on the shows, you fail to notice the amount of food you’ve eaten. Not to mention that the taste buds on your tongue send signals to the brain, but some of them are ignored. This means that you probably won’t be able to taste everything correctly, enjoy the food and so on.
Whatever you do, don’t watch TV before going to bed. Take 30 minutes to read a book or do your beauty routine, giving your eyes and brain a chance to an easier transition from a very intense activity to a sleep-inducing one.
Whatever you do, please don’t watch TV in your spare time! Remember 50 years ago when people went to the movies once a week and were so happy? Well, it was probably because they didn’t expose their brains to that much visual information.
90% of the information we acquire is through our eyes and TV producers know that, that’s why we have breaking news, picture in picture options, tiny commercials at the bottom of the screen and so on. We are being fed information of all kinds and are rarely in control: even when you watch your favorite show, there will be a commercial popping up that you really had no interest in!
If you gather all these pieces, you’ll see that some brain cells are dying for no reason. Turn off the TV or better yet just ditch it for good, go for a walk, take a friend out for coffee, pack some food and go for a picnic- the possibilities are endless!
Ever noticed that there are some people who turn on the TV on their birthdays? So there you are, with a nicely wrapped gift, wanting to talk to the birthday boy/girl, and they are watching the news or some silly show!
In case we haven’t said this before, the TV inhibits social interaction and makes people focus on other kind of activities. Also, the media makes people think that they are very sociable while keeping them away from other people, which is quite the opposite of sociability.
If your birthday is coming up, take everybody out, go to an amusement park, a concert, a nice movie and dinner or just spend time at home. Not all conversations are great and awkward silence is not as bad as you think. You really don’t want to push people away by offering that kind of entertainment on your birthday.
There are some people who just can’t wait for Home Alone to be on TV every Christmas, to watch all the seasonal programs and so on, when the truth is you can watch your favorite movies on your laptop or home cinema system.
As a matter of fact, many people believe that holidays would just pass unnoticed without the whole media focus. Well, we beg to differ! After all, haven’t you watched Home Alone like thousands of times already?
How about you give it a break and try something new: a trip, a family dinner, a pajama party- pretty much anything is better than watching TV.
If you constantly feel exhausted, you may want to throw it away or at least take a break from it. And here’s another interesting fact: if you like listening to music while working, please be aware of the fact that this is putting your body through a lot of stress and it’s not true that it helps you focus better. Just think about the fact that instead of performing one task, your brain performs two now.
Many of us use rainy days as an excuse to binge watch TV which is not productive nor helpful. Not everybody enjoys the rain as much as we do here at DontPayFull, but how about you give it a try?
If it still doesn’t work, how about cleaning the house, doing some laundry or read a book? This way, you’ll make sure there’s nothing to do around the house when the weather is nice. Know what that means? That you are free to go on a trip or spend time at the park without a single care in the world.
If you watch TV on a sunny day when everybody else is out and about, shame on you! Is this why you’re paying for cable? So that you can completely ignore the sunny days and focus on TV shows? Come on, you’re better than this!
Have nothing to do? How about you join a non-profit organization or volunteer at the local canteen? For some reason, everybody keeps saying that this is a great idea but never get to do anything for the less fortunate ones. Plus, when was the last time you went for a bike ride? If the weather is nice, why not do it?
What Living without a TV Looks Like
If you ask us, it looks like a very happy and meaningful life! Aren’t you tired of all that random information that targets you through the media? Plus, here are the advantages: you don’t have to pay for the cable, you’ll get to enjoy some quality time with your family, see more of the world, help other people, filter your own news and appreciate your me time a lot more.
The disadvantages? Well…none! If there’s something you want to watch, you have your laptop. The TV makes us less sociable, more anxious and selfish, advertising outrageous behavior as a norm (just ditch the TV with its Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, party Down South and other kinds of cheap productions).