How to Live Without Television

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Living a life without television can be a rewarding and revealing experience. Family members who have stopped talking to each other will start a new dialog out of sheer boredom and new interests may assert themselves.

  • Yank the television cord out of the wall. Better yet, yank it out and cut the cord. You are now on your own.

  • Think about what you are going to do with the rest of your day. If you are homebound, come up with ways to keep yourself busy. One way is to crack a good book.

  • Go onto your computer and look for news sites if you want to understand what is going on in the rest of the world. You can Google "News" and pick from a myriad of news sources. A fun thing to do is to pick a story and read it from different angles. Read the same story from a conservative standpoint and read it again from a liberal standpoint; somewhere in-between you will arrive at the truth. At any rate, you will be a better informed person than if you had seen this story on television.

  • Seek community. Visit a friend. If you have a family, politely tell them that the TV is "out of order" and pull out a deck of cards or a board game.

  • Get together with your family and take a walk around the block after dinner. After a few walks, you will be amazed at the different things you have noticed that change each time you walk. If you meet a neighbor, stop, say hello and introduce yourself.

  • Cuddle up with a good book during the evening. If you have kids, you might find that they are actually playing with their toys. If you have teenagers, nothing will change--they will still be on the phone.

  • Live without television for about a week and then get together with your family and reassess. You may want to set a time for the television to be on, say 3 hours a day, or family members can plan the individual shows they want to watch.

  • Relax, sit back and wonder why you didn't do this a long time ago.

Tips & Warnings

  • Watch out--you may find out that you don't even know your spouse anymore. Give yourselves time to get reacquainted.
  • You may like life without TV so much that you'll be selling your old set.

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