When Steve and I moved to Las Vegas nearly three years ago, we decided not to have cable television. The major reason for the decision was that making enough time to watch all the shows we taped was becoming a problem in our marriage.
Back east we taped everything. We made a joint decision on which shows we wanted to watch. As other interests came along to claim our attention, the hours of unwatched television collected on our DVR (digital video recorder) at a rate faster than we could watch them. As the DVR filled up, watching TV became a chore. There was a fine line between pleasure and obligation.
Exploring Las Vegas gave us even less time to watch TV, but there are shows we like to see. Fortunately for us, Netflex and Hulu have become big players in the marketplace during the last few years. Our viewing options just continue to get better and better.
True, we sometimes have to wait until the next day to see a show that is aired for the cable crowd today, but that is OK. Netflex, Hulu and Amazon Prime have original shows that cable TV does not have such as the “House of Cards.”
Our viewing habits have changed completely and we like it. Not only that, we save about $100 a month by not paying for cable TV.
All of this background information is supplied to tell you about a very real and somewhat freighting experience I had the other day.
I went to my friend’s house. Her very large television was showing the riots in Baltimore. It was so real. On our way to the kitchen for coffee, we stood in front of the TV for a minute and watched the riot. It was scary. I was so there. It was so life like, my skin turned cold. I was momentarily frightened.
It is bad enough that the riots are happening, but news people have to make the news more spectacular to keep the viewers watching and coming back for more.
When I got away from the television, I said a prayer of thanks for making the right decision. Watching television continuously is not good karma for Steve and me.
What are your viewing habits and how are you affected?
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