I thought I would do an update to my having quit TV as kind of a New Year's resolution in 2012. Here we are in March so its been right at 3 months with no TV in my house. I have to say, this is one of the absolute BEST decisions I have ever made. Needless to say it is going GREAT!
The first month I would say I missed it. I would get home from work, change and then kind of stand there looking around wondering what the heck I was going to do. It felt awkward to not plop down on the couch. I would compare the feeling to when I quit using tobacco after 10-12 years of dipping. It was like a friend was missing or something. That got me to thinking, I am addicted to TV, gotta break the dependence. So I started just accepting that awkward feeling, realizing it was going to be there and just got over it, started doing this or that. I made more time to just play with my son, trains, trucks, take him down to the pond, nothing special just more father son time. After he goes to bed at 8PM it was even more weird to not cut the TV on. Several times I would just stand there looking at it. So eventually moved on, started making little projects to fill my time. I ended up making a backpacking quilt (first sewing project ever), some stuff sacks, ebaying some old stuff, fixing things around the house, hanging with my wife, reading a ton (8 books so far?), etc. On the weekends after our son goes to bed we would maybe rent a movie and watch it together but just one movie.
Here at month three, I feel like the addiction is broken. I literally do not miss it at all, too much going on, projects I am in the middle of, things I need to get done, books I want to read. I don't see how I had so much time for TV anymore.
Another huge benefit is chatting with my wife. We just talk more, in bed reading, around the house. It's like the background noise is gone from our lives and the quietness in our house is so much more pleasant.
This also goes hand in hand with the exercise discussion. I want to fill more of my time being active and exercising. We got some exercise DVD's from the library to do inside when it is cold and rainy and we are mulling over the idea of training and doing an adventure race together as a husband wife team.
I could go on but you get the point.
I want to encourage anyone that is thinking about cutting the cord...do it. It has been such a good experience for myself and my family. I could have never self regulated it if I had left it connected. Going cold turkey was the way to go for me.
Almost forgot...thank you to all of ya'll on here that encouraged me to go for it. It was encouraging to see that other people went without TV and did not fall from the face of the planet. People I have told in person act like I'm crazy, they say things like 'Are you serious? I couldn't live without TV'. Well I thought I couldn't either but now I am thinking I may never live with TV ever again.
Also...my wife didn't watch hardly any TV anyway but is loving having me present and more active. She says she is fine never having TV in our house again.