Not having cable or satellite television in your home has lots of benefits. We moved into a new house about six months ago and seriously contemplated getting TV. It came down to finances in the end, but we learned a lot through the experience of not having the constant distraction of television. Some of the benefits we discovered are listed below.
Everyone is more productive: Without the television I discovered that the entire family found other things to do. Usually these things were more productive things, like housework or yard work.
Your kids will read more: After we got over the initial shock of not having constant TV and watched every single movie we owned, they got bored. The boredom resulted in a really great thing…they started reading. Even the teenager who doesn’t like to read picked up some YA books and read them. Seeing the kids read simply because they didn’t have television was a big wake up call.
Distraction reduced at mealtime: Mealtimes at our house are chaotic anyway, and then put in either the noise of the television or the kids wanting to get done so they could watch a show and you have a recipe for crazy. Not having this distraction helped our family mealtime a lot.
What? Kids still play pretend: Playing pretend would require children actually using their imagination, well without the TV on, guess what the only thing they have left to use is? That’s right, their imagination. I have noticed these days not as many kids play pretend like we used to as kids, before technology. But turn off that TV and there they go, outside to play with the sticks and rocks like when we were kids. This also increases their physical activity even more.
Noise level drops: In my house, if the television is on people tend to talk over it. Then someone else will turn it up because they can’t hear it, then the others begin to speak even louder than before because the TV is so loud. It’s a vicious cycle. Anyhow, turn that TV off and the voices go back down, plus you don’t have the blabbering noise from the TV either.
These are just a few of the reasons why not having regular television is a good thing. One con that I do have is that I didn’t get to watch the news, so I had no idea what was happening in the world or in my local area.
Not having a television is a great thing and it makes movie night with the family even better. All in all we have had a good experience not having television and we don’t regret having saved all that money one bit!