Living in the living room: going TV free
We had long since dropped the Cable and opted for Netflix – a huge improvement from commercial-laden cable. And at $7/month, the price was right. Added bonus: the binge-watching of both Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black, because you have to watch just ONE more episode of girl on girl prison drama.
As addicting and entertaining as these shows are they most often left me feeling quite anxious, unsettled and even guilty. I easily took on the fictional stress of the characters intense storylines. Talk about unhealthy and unnecessary feelings to experience!
It wasn’t our New Years Resolution. More of a practical space and use assessment decision. TV time or rather “time spent trying to decide which show to watch” disintegrated into bedtime routine, dishes, reading, and the earlier to bed the better, when a Toddler is in charge of what time morning starts at (and it’s way before dawn).
Add in Toddler Toys, a Toddler Table and something really had to go so as to not overclutter the space.
Out with what we used the least. The giant black screen. Had we kept it, it would most likely have been rendered worthless anyway, with some wooden toy flying at it sooner or later.
With the TV gone, it freed up prime real estate in our living room for more living. The space has a welcoming, circular energy to it without the focus of a TV. It also took away a bill! With the amount of devices we have on us and in our house we figure one less screen can only benefit us. The only thing I will continue watching is documentaries (which is not very often only because of lack of time to do so). If we really want to watch anything we can always watch it on the computer. I already get enough random viewing of you tube videos in when I scroll facebook. So it’s not like we are completely out of the loop.
Is TV all the Buzz?
Here is some info we opened ourselves too that helped us come to our decision on the boob tube:
- It’s recommended that children under two not watch any tv at all (The American Academy of Pediatrics).
- Obesity rates increase with time spent watching tv (The Canadian Population Health Initiative”).
- Kids under eight (some studies show even up to 12 years of age) cannot distinguish between commercial and a program and are bombarded by advertising featuring their favorite characters with highly processed foods.
- The number of households in Canada that have 2+ TV’s is 34,056,000.
So we are one less Telly, and from the stats, hopefully one less Belly!
And, we have a lot more room for impromptu dance parties. Yeah.