What bloggers are saying about canceling cable and TV.

by The Happy Rock on July 18, 2007

kids_and_tv.jpgYesterday I posted some eye opening statistics about TV viewing. Today I wanted to wrap up the canceling cable experiment by searching the blogosphere for some bloggers that had already tried giving up cable or had relevant posts. Here is what I found :

Gary Lee just recently canceled cable and is still adjusting.

Boomie @ The Wastrel Show downgraded to basic cable just a week ago.

Lazy Man tried to hack a cable free solution.

Clever Dude talks about not upgraging his viewing experience.

FMF @ Free Money Finance admits he doesn’t have cable.

And finally Trent @ The Simple Dollar discusses 10 reasons to cut out TV in one of his most popular articles. He then talks about dropping cable in a later post.


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Ed B July 19, 2007 at 10:42 am

I try to have the attitude towards TV that the Quakers had when they mapped out Philadelphia. You’ll notice that there are no REALLY old theater or opera houses in Center City. This is because the Quakers view those things as “a waste of God’s time”.
Now, I do occasionally watch a show. But, can you think of any TV show that has improved your life? I can’t.


Tim Diehl July 19, 2007 at 11:46 pm

Well, actually, yes. While I don’t get to watch a ton of TV, one show I love to watch, and takes very little time (relatively speaking anyway) is ‘The Office’. This show makes me laugh a ton. Is laughing a good thing? Definitely. Is my life more enjoyable b/c I take 30 minutes a week to enjoy it. Yep. Laughing is actually incredibly healthy. God created our bodies in such a way as to benefit from laughter. So I don’t think He’s upset that I take a few minutes a week to enjoy a funny tv show.


Christine OKelly July 20, 2007 at 5:12 am

I canceled cable 2 years ago. It was part of a choice to clean out my life and discover my owner inner voice rather than having someone else constantly feed information in. I feel that I have made great progress over the past 2 years, but I am now ready to move on and have some fun. I’m moving next week and am getting satellite! However, I am getting DVR so I don’t end up watching whatever happens to be on at the moment.


TheHappyRock July 20, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Christine – Wow, 2 years off and you are going back! Were you not having fun those last two years?

DVRs are becoming a must have at this point. Though, I wonder if they actually get people to watch more or less TV. My first thought is more, since it is more convenient.


Ed B July 20, 2007 at 3:54 pm

Tim, I agree. Laughing is good. I actually believe that the closer one gets to God the easier he / she is to laugh. I still hold to the idea that nothing on TV improves your life. Watching TV itself is unproductive.http://www.changingchannels.org/effects.htm
The more TV you watch the more pessimistic you become.
Finally, have you ever stopped to think about what you are often laughing at on TV? It is usually cruel humor. Is it not?


Christine OKelly July 21, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Yep – I’m going back! I don’t think it’s good to be too serious. I cut it off while I was building my business because I didn’t want to give myself very much relaxing time. A little brutal maybe, but it worked! Not having cable served it’s purpose, but now I’m getting bored. I want to spend some time watching a few ridiculous shows, plus there are a few good ones out there.

I had DVR before and I think it helps to watch less – and definitely less commercials which just drive me crazy and make me feel depressed because they often use fear to create an incentive to buy. I’m all about taking whatever measures necessary to eliminate the negative in my life. :)


Pecozbill July 26, 2007 at 7:59 am

How can any devoted golf devotee give up Cable TV. Life without the Golf Channel, which carries about 80% of live golf tourneys nowadays, might add hours to my week, but would sour my outlook!
Now about those other 110 useless channels……


erik smit September 6, 2007 at 5:10 pm

thanks for using my picture to illustrate this, cool!
but can you please fix the link back to my photo page? there’s a /pr there that messes up the link… thanks!


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