Growing up, my sister teased me for being a huge TV girl. In fact, I used to race home from school every afternoon just so I can catch my favorite shows. But when I went away for college and I met the current love of my life, the world wide web, I realized that there are benefits of not owning a TV. Here are some:
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You know how it goes, you sit in front of the TV to watch one program and before you know it, it's almost midnight, and you have not accomplished a single thing you can be proud of for the night. One of the benefits of not owning a TV is that you will not feel your life draining away as you channel-surf.
I have a theory that I am not a huge people-person today because of my love affair with the television when I was younger. But when I got rid of the TV, I had more time to interact with actual humans; I started talking to the neighbors, doing things with the boyfriend's nieces, and hanging out with my girl friends more.
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When I got rid of the TV, I was left with shelf space that made me truly excited. More space for my books, hooray!
I don't think I'd have dressmaking frenzies if I still owned a TV. This is probably one of the benefits of not owning a TV that I really love. Aside from the fact that I am crafting more these days, having no TV in the house means that I can do actual work. Because let's face it, working from home is a lot harder with a TV in the house. With no TV, I also have more time to battle it out with our elliptical.
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With no cable bills to settle every month, I enjoy more shopping money. When I added up the our monthly cable bills, I realized that a year's worth of payments can already give me 11 pairs of shoes! The total amount is also more than enough for a month's worth of groceries.
Without a TV to distract me, I have more time to clean the apartment. This is a great thing, of course, because I am one of those people who will find the smallest excuse not to clean.
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Even though I no longer own a TV set, I still follow several shows. I watch them online or I buy the DVD and play it on my laptop. This means that I don't have to schedule my days according to when my favorite show is on air. I don't have to cut meetings short or feel that I'm missing out when I miss a single episode. I still watch TV but I do it on my own time. Without commercials yay!
I have personally experienced these benefits of not owning a TV. If you have more to add, I'd love to hear them!
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