5 reasons to throw out the TV from your house

I always seem to forget how television is popular. I ditched TV, cold turkey, 8 years ago. I never miss it in any way. It was one of the best decisions in my life. When I hang out with friends and they seem to talk about stuff that are going on there. I don’t watch news, I don’t watch reality shows either and yea, I don’t watch TV commercials!

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I can’t seem to grasp the concept, call me tech geek, but I can’t consume information passively anymore, if I could ever. Era of old school media is living it’s last days and new era of self publishing is emerging. Many people asked me how will I know what’s going on in the world (and often I am clueless). So let’s look into the benefits of not having the television in your house:

Better communication in your house


When your TV is off, you will find out new ways of communicating with your family members. There won’t be constant influx of negative energy coming from news channels and violence from action movies. Everything is calm when black box is off. By not staring at the black box, you will actually start to see that you have your family members or roommates in your house.

You will save money


How much money you’ve spent in last 1o years on television? Thousands of dollars are spent each year or new models, year after year! It’s economic turmoil and every penny counts! Beside money spent on the device itself, we are covering also the cost of cable networks. Cable networks are scoring the lowest percentage of customer satisfaction. And on top of it all, they are the ones always telling us what to do. Cut your cable bill and stick only to internet. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

You are going to be happier


You will feel way much better when you don’t listen to the bad news. You won’t be constantly exposed to television violence and media brainwashing. Don’t worry, you will survive without knowing what’s going on in Libya and Japan. Plus you won’t stress much. Less stress, means living longer. I saw my father actually stressing and worrying about nuclear meltdown crisis in Japan. That’s a lot of fear, but he would be way better of, without thinking about it at all. Yes it’s horrible that such shameful tragedy happened to Japan, but if you are concerned about your personal productivity and happiness, you will know what to do.

Rediscovering your forgotten passion


That time gap will need to be fulfilled somehow and no better thing than doing the things you loved. Maybe it was painting, maybe it was cooking or arranging your garden. Thrust me, anything is better than passively lying in your couch watching stuff you don’t like. Don’t be one of those people aimlessly going trough channels. With all the free time at your disposal options are limitless.

You will think different


People who are watching television have similar thought patterns. They are serve same content over and over again, and they are getting imprints of advertising programming. If you think this is bullshit, than why are companies spending billions of dollars on advertising. Not only that we are being reprogrammed by ads themselves, the television content is “an advertisment” itself. This is by far the biggest advantage of not watching tv. You will create critical thinking easily. Lots of information we gather from television is taken for granted. It’s easy mass media manipulation, and the good news is, You can OPT OUT 🙂

Start the walk on the bright side of your brilliant mind. Live your life, shut TV down!

Comments

  1. Stephanie Panico says

    Great post! I haven’t had cable/TV for almost two years and I don’t really miss it. I have saved oodles of money and am much more productive. If I really want to watch something, I can find it online.

  2. says

    Hi Bojan,

    Amen!

    I’ve been TV-less for 5 years. The results: increased peace of mind, better focus and a happier nature are all mine.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    RB

    • says

      Ryan, always great to see you here! Best part of not having television is clear mind. I am sure it helps when you’re meditating, that you don’t bare those awful news in your mind 🙂

  3. says

    Bojan,

    Great post again bro’. What you think about this 6th reason – “YOU WILL SAVE TIME”. Consider this:
    If someone stop watching TV RIGHT NOW and considering he or she will live another 50 years from now, they can spare… 2,08 year or 4,2% of their future time!!!

    The math is easy:
    1 hour in front of TV per day x 365 days = 365 hours; 365 hours / 24 = 15,2 days / year;
    15,2 x 50 = 760 days : 365 = 2,08 YEARS!

    See ya!

  4. says

    What a wonderful idea!! I didn’t have tv or at least it was an older one with no hook up so the only thing we could watch was movies!! Then I decided to get cable for the discovery channel and educational things!! Although I must say I could use a lower bill cause it is a ridiculous price!! I must admit I rarely watch tv, In fact my family rolls their eyes at me if we watch a movie and I haven’t got a clue how to work the controls!! I have no idea how people find the time to veg out in front of the tv! The points you make are where it is at for me, but I find that I am in the minority, so it is great to see there is someone else out there with similar ideas!! Thanks for a great post!!

  5. Ken Tracht says

    I gave up TV about 12 years ago. The only time I missed it was on 9-11, the internet was to slow to get good video so I had to go down to a local bar and watch the buildings come down. I just needed to see it. But other than that I don’t miss TV.

  6. says

    I think you’ve hit the negativity aspect of television dead on. No news is good news. If the world is coming to an end every day, then it doesn’t sell. My dad watches the news constantly. He’s always talking about it. I used to really get into it, but now I try to stay away from it. I do read the news here and there, but I don’t really watch it any more.

    Can’t say that I’ve gone as far as throwing the TV out. But I’ve definitely DRASTICALLY cut down on the TV consumption. I watch a few shows here and there just for entertainment (and they aren’t reality shows, reality shows aren’t reality anyway). And I can’t get rid of it altogether – I’m a huge sports fan 🙂

    But I have definitely found that I have been MUCH more productive from the decreased tv watching. It only makes sense.

  7. says

    This is a great post and it made me realise that we, as a family, rarely watch TV. We all spend a lot of time in front of screens, PS3 my son, desktop computer my daughter, laptop my wife and desktop and laptop for me! OK, we watch QI because it’s interesting and amusing and a couple of the satirical shows, the kids watch a bit of Disney before school but that’s about it! When I was growing up we all watched every night! Ask us what we watched the previous night and we wouldn’t have a clue! Well passive and hypnotic, I’d say!! Just keeping you poised for the commercial breaks!! Don’t you love the this age of permission marketing?? Great post, thought provoking and I love your photographs!! Can I find out where they’re from?? A lot of people don’t break copy up enough with photos, good design!! All the best, Peter (You really should use StumbleUpon, check out my statistics, it’s brought me tons of viewers this last month! TONS!)

  8. says

    Love your thoughts here. Love the photos. I’ve never been a TV consuming man. I do enjoy my occasional program, but I must admit, movies are where I become enthralled. I find a lot of joy and entertainment from a good movie. As for television, it’s always been interesting to watch family members and friends. To see how many hours per week they spend watching TV, supporting programs, and letting their lives become run by the latest episode. I’ve always been grateful to be somewhat far from that.