We've lived without cable for 10 years now. It is so wonderful.
I don't mean to sound preachy, because I'm honestly not in real life. I have many many many vices.
But we quit cable because I was watching too much TV. When the kids were younger I was leaving it on just to have noise in the house. And it's so great to have kids who never ever watch TV or ask to. Not even when they're at their friends' houses.
I found that I was going to bed every Thursday night totally depressed, and my husband would try to draw me out and talk to me, and I would yell at hiim for being an insensitive clod.
And then I realized that the reason I was depressed had to do with television. I had been watching ER every Thursday, and that just wrecked my mood (and our sex life)!
My kids don't know anything about American Idol, or Lost, or Survivor. But they read a ton, and they have hobbies, and they play games together. They're also on the internet too much, too (it's a family vice), but on the whole I think they do more things than they would if they were glued to the box everyday.
Anyway, we do save money having no cable, and I really find I don't miss it. You can watch so much online now, and you can rent movies from the library.
I know many women who would love to get rid of the TV but their husbands won't go for it. I wrote an article on this for Marriage Partnership a while back, which you can read here. And if you want to know the stats on why you may want your kids to quit TV, you can read this.
But then, maybe I should quit the internet...
Labels: marriage, parenting, television