As of March 28, 2011 we are no longer subscribing to a cable service.
For a while now I have been wanting to cancel our cable television subscription but was met with much resistance from my husband and son. Slowly putting the idea in their head and reinforcing it from time to time, (OK it took about a year) I had at least caused them to think about their television consumption.
As a family there was only four prime time shows that we watched.
Myself, the only show I watched with any sort of regularity was the Weather Network every morning. i have since downloaded an app to my laptop, so I can check the weather status every day.
My husband really didn’t watch that much at all, usually just out of boredom or to watch a movie or play on the Wii. He has never been a cable television junkie. My son would watch the children’s channel when he got home from school to decompress from the day. That was all. When we actually sat down and closely inspected our total consumption it was an obvious choice to make. Why pay for something you use only sporadically and could easily find a replacement for? Why indeed.
Do you have any idea how freeing that feeling is not to be tied down to a machine. I was amazed. I am looking forward to reading more, spending time with my family at the dinner table instead of in front of the TV, playing more games as a family. It is truly sad how much family time the television takes away from us.