I write this post in the same manner as a person lighting up a cigarette would discuss the hazards of smoking.
For awhile now, I have considered "cutting the cord"
in light of what seems
like an exorbitant bill each month hoisted on me by my quasi-monopolistic local cable company.
This is not to say the issue is money. This is also not to say I am looking for a cheaper, alternative method of visual media consumption.
My desire derives from an urge to simply watch less television. Honestly, I want to read more, grow my base of hobbies, etc. Now some would stop me
here and say, "well, then just watch less television." Staying with my smoking analogy, this is as feasible as having a pack of cigarettes on me at
all times as I try and quit smoking.
Cable television is an addiction
"Most of the criteria of substance dependence can apply to people who watch a lot of TV."
"...University of British Columbia studied a mountain community that had no television until cable finally arrived. Over time, both adults and
children in the town became less creative in problem solving, less able to persevere at tasks, and less tolerant of unstructured time."
"To some researchers, the most convincing parallel between TV and addictive drugs is that people experience withdrawal symptoms when they cut back on
I have tried to break this addiction in the past, only watching TV on Sunday's, etc. My addiction ultimately proved too strong and pulled me back
What generally pulls me back in, however, are the few things I consider exceptions to my aforementioned problem.
First, local accessibility. I am a huge sports fan. I want to watch my teams play and this is only available through a cable subscription (as far as
I am aware). Without traditional cable, I would be without an important part of my life (in my opinion).
Second, there are a few shows I really enjoy watching (e.g., Walking Dead and Game of Thrones). HBO has a standalone package now that can satisfy
one-half of my "needs," but I am not sure what alternative is available for AMC programming.
Let's be honest, I sound like an addict with these justifications and exceptions. Nevertheless, certain aspects of television are important to my
daily life. Sports and the shows I listed are watched by my bosses and colleagues, making it difficult to excise them from my vocabulary (lest I end
up a leper).
Those of you who have joined the commune of cord-cutters, what did you do and what consequences did this cause?
Those of you similarly situated, what struggles and fears are keeping you from taking the scissors to your demon handler?
I think about all of the time I have "wasted" on the thoughtlessness freeway that TV creates and sometimes I find myself disappointed at wasted
opportunities to enrich my life in more meaningful ways. These sorrows are generally suppressed by the warm glow of my iridescent box.
10-2-2016 by ExNihiloRed because: (no reason given)