My wife and I cut the cord about 4 years ago. Like everyone else thinking about making the switch, we fretted about what we might miss. In addition, I was shocked about how little I missed.
When we had cable, my wife and I would watch about 2-3 hours of TV a night. TV became a bit of a routine. I would watch shows I thought I enjoyed. However, looking back, I realize I actually had a pretty low TV bar just to fill the routine.
We had a TV antenna, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. If I wanted to watch a show on cable TV, I would buy a season pass to the show from Amazon. This had the unintended benefit of forcing me to assign a monetary value to a TV show. It made me realize that only about 5 shows I watched were really worth paying for.
Now we watch about an hour of TV a night. Not to mention that 15 minutes of commercials per hour on cable at 3 hours a night turns into 11 full 24 hour days a year of wasted time.
So now I feel I’m watching much better quality TV shows. Furthermore I got all this free time back in my life. Below are some examples of things I’ve done with all this extra free time.
- We have a keyboard for our kids to take piano lessons. I started learning how to play.
- I started my own tech blog (mainly about cord cutting). I started it because I wanted to improve my writing skills for my career. It took off and now I’m actually debating making it my full time career.
- Started a family game night. We discovered that board gaming had vastly improved since the days of “Monopoly” and “Sorry” being in every ones closet. We are always trying new games and having a blast with a more interactive experience.
- I taught myself how to juggle.
- I discovered podcasts. I had no idea that was so much great stuff out there. I’m also shocked that I enjoy a good audio drama. Furthermore, since my hands are free, I can do stuff around the house while I’m listening.
- I like podcasts so much I actually started a weekly one. We just did our 38th episode.
My life now is entirely different than what it was before I cut the cord. I highly doubt I would have done any of these things if I could just passively sit in front of the TV for 2-3 hours a night.
TV is more of an activity that I actively chose to do. Previously, it was mainly a device used out of routine. Has anyone else had this experience? Please share the ways cutting the cord has changed your life in the comments.
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