- No tv shows
- No movies *
- No internet videos that aren’t:
- an explanation on how to do something
- No video, computer, or phone games
- Phones only as alarms in the bedroom
*With the exception of going to movie theatres to see things that are Very Important (like Pitch Perfect 2 or Paper Towns)
Two or three weeks before Christmas Jer came to me and said, “I want to do an experiment. I want to not watch tv or movies or play video games for a whole year.” I couldn’t have been more surprised. That’s almost all he did when he was at home. I was excited and all for it, but didn’t quite believe him. His goal was to create space and see what filled it. We basically started on Christmas Eve and have been going strong ever since.
I’ve never been much of a movies person since I grew up without tv, but we just finished our renos and it’s been nice to lay on the couch and watch a show or movie. But Jer would always watch tv while cooking. Same goes for movies – Jer liked watching them, but I’d usually fall asleep. I decided that movie theaters are valid for a few reasons. First, we both hate going to the theatres to watch movies. It’s expensive, people are noisy, it’s uncomfortable, you can’t pause it… etc. So going is more like doing a thing than just vegging because it’s the easiest thing to do.
The internet videos thing is mostly for me. I’ve had a solid YouTube habit since 2007, but it’s less than it used to be. I use it the same as Jer used TV shows, except with a shorter attention span. We can watch educational things, as long as it’s not just entertainment for something to do because we’re bored. If you look something up for a purpose of learning, then it’s cool.
Jer played a lot of video games, especially with his best friend who is currently living in Australia. He decided they’d just have to skype. I’ve never played video games, but I’ve always been addicted to games like solitaire, 2048, and boring mindless stuff like that. It was getting really bad. Like an actual addiction. So I stopped that cold turkey and it’s been fantastic.
No phones in the bedroom. This is to make sure we are reading and not dicking around on our phones when we should be sleeping. I like it. It makes me less attached to my phone.
So far everything is fantastic and it’s not that hard. There’s so much freedom! I’ll update more on that later.
Would you ever consider getting rid of tv and movies? Why? Why not?
P.S. I also got rid of Facebook and that’s made me even happier than I imagined I’d be.