Tonight as I sat down with three books to read it hit me, "The No TV Challenge is working."
It has now been just a few days short of two months of living in Arkansas. Which means it has been two months that I have been living without real TV access. I have a television (a lovely 32" Philips LED), and a Blu Ray player, but no antenna or cable. I haven't sworn off watching ALL TV. In fact, I watch quite a bit on Hulu or other online outlets.
At first I was watching just as much TV as I used to, but I was watching it all online. But this has slowly but surely changed. Now I only watch my shows once or twice a week, when I sit down to watch all of them at once.
So have there been any other major changes? YES!
I am a pop culture junkie, so reducing my exposure to pop culture was painful at first. With my job I am online all day, every day. When I get home at night the last thing I want is to spend that much more time staring at a computer, so I'm not getting my pop culture fix online either. At first, this was tough. I missed it. I needed it. Now? Who really cares? My aversion to all things reality shows has intensified drastically. Just the sight of certain magazine covers with their stupid cover girls makes me gag.
I do miss the news. I still spend a little time each morning checking headlines. But I've reduced the amount of news I want quite a bit. But I still want more interesting news!
I'm reading a LOT more. I'm reading about three books a week now. And, for the first time in my life, I'm suddenly reading a lot more non-fiction. I'm not sure if that is related or not, but it is interesting to note.
The only thing I'm not getting exposed to enough may be movie trailers. Again, I'm not sure if this is good or bad. I love going to movies. I am trying to cut back on my "fun" expenses each month. Not going to the movies is a good way to save a few dollars each month. Not watching TV means not seeing commercials. Not seeing commercials means not knowing what movies are coming out!
All in all, I don't miss the TV anymore. I still have Netflix (though I'm considering cutting that expense out as well), and my boyfriend Hulu. And tomorrow I'm going to get a library card, because I'm no longer saving money by not paying for cable with all of the books I am buying!