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Jul 9, 2014 Productivity , , 4 Comments

My television is broken.  I am feeling sad but at the same time a bit challenged and liberated. I feel challenged because I don’t think I have lived without a TV since 1984.It is strange not to hit the remote five minutes after getting in from work. It is a bad habit, I know but I sometimes find American programmes comforting being an Expat living in London, sort of like junk food for the brain.

I am tens days in, being sans television and it has not been as painful or lonely as I had feared. It is quite interesting to have to entertain yourself especially if you live a alone, which I do 70% of the time. So far the only slightly bumpy time I have had was Sunday evening, you know that 6-8pm period when it is not quite still the weekend and you don’t really feeling running around getting ready for the coming week. I did get through it quite painlessly with the help of some downloaded TV shows.

Now I am thinking do I really need television? I have calculated that I would save about £380 which is nearly $625, taking into account the cable bill and TV License. Yes we have to pay for TV here in the UK to the tune of £142.50 a year ($235), yipes. That is not even thinking about the electricity the TV uses. That is a tidy sum that could be used towards my debt free goal or doing more crafts or buy some shoes or handbags, and the list goes on.

The reasons I have found not having a television liberating is: I am not thinking what is on now, I feel a bit smug that I am living without a TV like a true bohemian and I am hoping that I will get more done. So far I seem to have gotten a lot more done – I have baked muffins (a rarity like a solar eclipse), listed 10 items on Ebay, written more blog posts and have started reading more – not too shabby.

I will I keep up the momentum? Will the novelty of silence wear thin and I will watch bad TV again but this time on my laptop?   Will I get cozy in front of the box as soon as it is repaired and forget about the cost, my productivity level when it was broken and my bohemian smugness? Do you have any thoughts on going cold turkey on television? Have you done and now live a more exciting and productive life? I was wondering dear reader what is your take on television, please leave me a comment.


Comments

  • Shoestring
    Aug 22, 2009 at 12:27 am

    I don’t watch much television but I love DVDs (am a member of LoveFilm) and would feel very glum without them! Have you got a radio? I got one around Christmas time and like listening to it while I’m cooking or pottering about.

  • Viviana
    Aug 22, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for commenting. I adore the radio, especially internet radio, at the moment I have been listening to The 1920’s Radio Network, which is brilliant. I also watch TV on the internet.

  • Clive Kavan
    Jul 10, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I lived without TV for several years but broke down when they had a season of Fred Astaire and Ginger rogers films… (I love them!) Before I listened to the radio, particularly Radio 4. If you like Rock’n’roll, especially 60s, 70s and 80s music, then Radio 2 is for you. But if you are into lean living, then the TV, even with the license fee in the UK, is a bargain. For less than the cost of a pair of theatre tickets to a west end show you get 365 days of entertainment. Sky, on the other hand, is expensive. I currently get over 130 free channels on Freeview… There is also Freesat if you want to fork out £100 or so for the Freesat receiver.
    TVs can also be fixed! Mine is 22 at present and has broken down twice. I always fix them if it is economically possible. Contact me if you need a good repairer (not me, but a specialist I know).

  • Viviana
    Jul 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Clive, thanks for stopping by! I am going to get the TV repaired but I was thinking in terms of getting more done when you don’t watch television. I am a big fan of radio and listen to Radio 4extra at least a few hours a week.

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