Kicking The Habit

As part of an attempt to spend less time watching television and more time doing something worthwhile, I actually logged all the TV I watched for the entire month of February. Think of it like counting calories by keeping a food diary when you’re dieting. I was happy to learn I only watched an average of 2.8 hours of TV each day, well below the national average, which seems to be somewhere between 4-5 hours, depending on where you look. It’s a lot less than what I used to watch too, once upon a time I would turn the TV on when I got home from work around 5-6PM and leave it on until I went to bed around 10-11PM.

I watched a total of 78 hours for the whole month, with Sunday being my big TV day at 6.4 hours average (you can blame Sunday MythBusters marathons on Discovery for that one.) Not surprisingly, the show I watched most was MythBusters, a total of 16.5 hours. Discovery was my top channel at 22.5 hours (courtesy of those pesky MythBusters.)

One thing that made me happy was looking at the percentage of what I watched was of an educational nature rather than purely entertainment. 54% was in some way educational, if you count MythBusters. (Which might be a stretch, but leave me to my delusions. *laugh*) One thing that didn’t make me happy was when I realized a watched all of 3 movies the whole month, while I’m paying through the nose of the Ultimate Platinum Supercool Bling Bling cable package with all the movie channels. I think I’ll keep a mental note of how many I watch over the next few weeks just to see if the last month was a fluke, then think seriously about dropping all those movie channels. Wasting money, it seems.

As I continue to reduce my viewing time, it’s amazing how much time I have for other things. Reading, cleaning, meditating, making music, drawing, writing, and on and on. I can’t wait for spring to roll around so I can use some of this new free time to get out and about in the world a little more, try and meet some new people.