TV is Sucking the Life Out of Me!

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Who among us does not love to sit down and watch our television? For many of us, our TV is the central focus of our home. Where there used to be great art at one time, there is now a huge LCD HDTV flat screen TV. It’s almost like the monument within our home.

College Investments….

When I was in college, I actually owned 2 large televisions! One for my bedroom, and another for my “entertainment room”. Now that I think about it, these two TVs rested within 6 inches of each other, and were only divided by a single wall. Not only that, but both of them were within my parents’ basement…. Did I really need 2 TVs? Of course not, but TV is just that awesome that we all want to have more than 1!

How Many Do You Have?

Now, in college, I owned those 2 TVs, but I know that quite a few people have even more televisions in their house. How many do you have? 3? 4? 5 TVs? Count them up. One in the living room, one in the kitchen, one in each of the 3 bedrooms, a few of you might even have one in the bathroom…. You could easily own 5 televisions (not counting the old ones collecting dust in storage)!

Our Current House

My wife and I are currently renting a house while we’re searching for one to purchase, and I was delighted to find out that the owners did not have cable, and actually didn’t receive any channels. Why was I delighted? Because I love television! I know, you might think that I’d be disappointed, and it’s not really adding up in your mind. But, when I have a bunch of channels at my disposal, I have a hard time turning that stupid box off! I’d much rather not even have the option of watching TV. That way, I can actually get some online work done without distraction.

Why Did I Have To Do It?

Well, the other week, I was itching to watch The Players golf tournament on TV and I decided to mess with the digital box to see if I could get a channel that would be covering the event. Success! I now get about 10 channels (rather than zero) including the tournament! Well, I enjoyed watching golf on Sunday, but now I have developed a problem. TV is beginning to suck the life out of me again.

Do you have my disease? First of all, when I turn the TV on, I can get sucked into a show until it concludes for the night. In fact, I turned on the box yesterday and got hooked on “The Biggest Loser”. This episode was very emotional and really captured my attention. I figured, “What’s the harm in watching this show for the next hour? I’ll get some work done after that.” The only problem was, this was a special episode that went for 2 hours! Of course, I sat there and watched the whole thing… Secondly, I get so distracted while the TV is on that I can’t do anything else. I’m not even sure I could hold a conversation for more than 15 seconds while a show is on…. It really makes it tough to get anything accomplished.

How Much Does It Cost You?

I actually wrote a whole article about the cost of watching TV a few months ago and the numbers were astounding! I factored in the cost of cable, the opportunity costs, and the cost if all the money were invested instead. It was definitely a huge chunk of change.

With my online presence, I would say that each hour of television would cost me about $30. For some of us, this number could be more, for others it may be less, but whatever the number, is it really worth it? Hardly ever do I even remember what I’m watching while the commercials are running!

Unless I know there’s something on TV that I feel is worth watching, I’ve decided to keep it turned off. That way, I can keep it from sucking the life out of me and wasting my valuable time.

What is your experience with television? Do you watch a ton of it, and is it sucking the life out of you too?

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AUTHOR Derek

My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.

23 Comments

  1. I absolutely agree with you. TV is such a time suck and can be so addicting that all your time just disappears. At the same time, after a long day of work, chores, and looking after family it is a nice way to just unwind.

    So I guess you could say I’m on the fence. I understand how much time it wastes but at the same time I think its ok to waste some time now and then as a form of relaxation.

    • I do like to watch golf once in a while, but other than that, I’d rather spend my down time with my wife or my friends. 10 years from now, I’ll have memories of people that I love, I won’t necessarily love passing along memories of a TV show that I had nothing to do with….

  2. I tend not to get tied up in the TV, but I’ll tell you that the internet can be super life-sucking for me.

    There’s always something out there new to read–like this article!–to keep me coming back.

    • Ha, good point JT. The internet is very addicting as well, and very distracting! I could easily get tied up in checking my web stats and visitor numbers, but it really does not benefit my online presence at all!

    • I agree…we have a TV sans cable/satellite; however, we do have the internet and that’s where I spend a majority of my time.

      That being said, when I see a $30 drop in my electric bill because I have been rationing my computer time – as well as being diligent in unplugging the power strip at night – I’m MORE than inclined to stay off the computer and get outside and work in the garden, garage, woodshop, etc! 🙂

      • Yep. The electric bill is something to think about too. I’m on mine about 2 hours a day to maintain this website, but as for aimlessly searching the web…that’s something I do not do. It’s just not worth my time.

  3. We only have one television. We used to have three when I first moved in with Paul (he had two, and I brought my own), but we sold mine and then we sold one of his. Hurrah!

    I am SO against television sets in bedrooms. I guess that is one of my pet peeves.

    Having said that, I watch WAY too much television. I find that I turn it on for some noise while writing and renovating. And I am doing a lot of both right now, so you can only imagine how many hours it is on for! It is a difficult habit to break, but once you do, it’s great (then it slowly creeps back in again).

    • You basically described my TV experience exactly! My wife and I had 2 televisions and sold one of them. We went without cable in our first place, but had it for free in our second apartment. Free cable is definitely tough to pull myself away from. I like it for the noise as well, but it just wastes so much time. Thankfully, I have the will power to have it off right now, which allows me to concentrate on this response! 🙂

  4. We have three TVs, they are in the living room, bedroom and my office. I find it fills a void, but it puts me to sleep. Maybe it is my age! I am addicted to the DVR, I like the convenience and I can bypass the commercials.

    • I suppose bypassing those commercials would be a time-saver. I watch some TV online sometimes – there are definitely fewer commercials there too.

    • Haha! I’m sure you could ask someone. I’ve found that if something really important happens, someone will let me know.

  5. You’ve hit the mark, inactively sitting down on the couch, doing nothing, is time-wasteful.

    The older I get, the less TV I tend to watch. Like Krantcents, I like the convenience of the DVR, but I get bored with shows after a while. Still trying to talk the family into ditching cable, but since I’m getting outvoted, I’ll have to consider alternate tactics.

    • I’m lucky my wife and I have the same views on television. She never watched much growing up and would like to keep it that way. We’ll watch a movie here and there, but as for programs, we don’t often watch them anymore. They just aren’t worth it.

      • Same here. My wife and I both grew up without TV. We have a Vizio blue-ray play that allows us to watch Netflix instantly as well as any blue-rays we get from them. Other than an occasional Stargate SG-1 for the wife and I, Veggie-tales for the kids, and a movie on family night, the TV is off…

  6. well i have a tv in the bedroom which i’ve not allowed myself to turn it on yet.. been a year and 5 months since i’ve had it staring at me in bed – but i’m going to keep strong resisting! i know once it comes on, i wont get any of my work done! which is why i’m hiding in my room and not in the tv room right now!! ;p

    • That’s awesome! I bet you get a ton more done now that you don’t watch it! I can’t believe that the average household watches 4 hours of television per day…..

  7. TV is a sucker. It sucks the life out of you. After sometime, you are double the man you used to be as opposed to “I am half the man I used to be” by the guy from Liverpool.

    • Haha! Yep. I would be double the size too. I can’t just sit and watch TV. I have to have something in my hands, which is usually food….

  8. You are absolutely right. TV is really not a good hobby especially for young kids. And worst to that, it will cost you much.

    • TV is about 98% useless, but it sure is addicting! When we move, I don’t think we’ll take ours out of the box for a while…


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