My addiction to TV started with Saturday morning cartoons. I needed my dose of The Smurfs . . . along with a warm bottle of milk. I may have gotten off the bottle, but my TV love continued.
As I got older, I discovered shows like Who’s The Boss and Growing Pains. Followed by the period in high school where I couldn’t go to bed without knowing David Letterman’s Top 10. My university years will also be remembered as the Dawson’s Creek and Felicity years.
Then I moved out on my own. No more parental guidance. I could watch TV all the time if I wanted – and I did. Many a weekend was wasted away being glued to the tube. Half the time thinking, who watches this stuff?! Oopsie. Telling myself that I would get up and do something else . . . just as soon as this show was over. But then the next show would hook me in. It was a repeating cycle.
It all came to a head with Reality TV. I couldn’t miss it. I had to be home to watch who was getting voted off the island. I knew I had a problem. Moderation was not the answer.
the benefits of sobriety
In 2009, I cut the cable and I haven’t looked back. Here’s what I’ve gained since making the cut:
- Time. To read, cook, exercise, declutter, socialize, just be.
- Silence. Quiet is good.
- Flexibility. No longer need to rush home to watch “must see TV” . . . thus improving social life.
- Creativity. Focus on coming up with new ideas and endeavors instead of wasting the day away on the couch.
- Sleep. Going to bed earlier since not staying up watching infomercials and reruns.
- Health. More time to exercise, less snacking.
- Money. Not having cable is free.
I feel that watching TV mindlessly is the same as overconsuming on physical stuff. There must be a correlation!
i still get the itch
Whenever I spend, say the weekend with my sister (aka Enabler), and I’m confronted with my addiction again, I see myself falling into my old trap. It’s like a trance comes over me – I only see the TV. You could be trying to have a conversation with me, but I don’t hear you. So I know I’m not cured. But my tolerance is lower too. I can handle a couple of hours and then I need to turn it off. It’s . . . too much noise.
Why not turn off the tube and take part in Earth Hour this Saturday, March 31st at 8:30pm? It could change your life.
Full disclosure: I still own a TV. I get DVDs from the library from time to time. Overall, I’d say I average a few hours a week, if even. I can handle rentals, but not 24/7 access.