Living Without a Television

Around a month or so ago I sold my ’55in LED 1080p LG Television’ on Craigslist. Do I miss it? Nope, not at all. Let me explain why.

I cancelled my cable subscription in early 2016. The television’s main reason for existence was cut out from beneath it. I kept the television around for use with my Apple TV and Xbox One. Over the span of a few months those devices, too, became idled. I sold my Xbox, the Apple TV followed shortly thereafter. The television became dormant. The thin piece of plastic and glass had no more purpose in my life. I never turned it on. It had become the world’s shittiest, most expensive mirror. So I sold it.

I know what you’re thinking:

You don’t own a TV? What’s all your furniture pointed at?

-Joey Tribbiani, Friends (Episode 9.23)

I now have a living room that is devoid of any dormant areas. My sofa now faces my two reading chairs (when company is present, the guests are looking at the other guests. Not all staring in the same direction). Often times, it’s just me in my reading chair peering over the pages of my book to see my pup happily sprawled out on the sofa. Those moments are much more valuable then having a television.

This also cut back the clutter that surrounded the TV. Cords, connectors, boxes and power strips. It eliminated the hue of blue and red blinking LED’s casting purple shadows on my wall at night. It helped clear my mind, spend more time with my pup, and also gave me a few extra dollars in my pocket. Can’t beat that!

So do I miss my TV? Nope, I don’t. I haven’t for a while now. If anything, I enjoy what not having a TV has brought me.

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