1. I value creating more than consuming.
2. I don’t need to put my mind in neutral that many hours per week.
3. Instead of watching the story happen, I’d rather be telling the story or sharing the story myself.
4. It never helped me accomplish my dreams.
5. Movement begets movement. No movement begets no movement. (Click here to tweet that)
6. I’ll accomplished more with the extra 520 hours (10 hour per week average) per year. That’s 21.66666667 days–ouch!
7. I have a daughter and I want to learn her and love her.
8. I need to train my ever-wandering attention span to focus.
9. It’s all available online if I miss something really important anyway.
10. $. Time. Energy. (And the other commandments for creatives listed here)
11. I love the outdoors.
12. I’d rather not be fat–here’s proof that the more TV we watch, the fatter we become.
13. It doesn’t give me joy.
14. It isolates rather than creating community.
I’m by no means saying that artists shouldn’t watch TV. But for me, I don’t need that drug. I want to write, share ideas and get better connected. TV doesn’t help me do those things.
We cut the cord about two weeks ago. Sadly, the cable company still hasn’t disconnected our service–hmmmm, that’s reason 15–“cable companies never give you what you want–even if you want your service cancelled.”
(Update: have a different perspective on TV watching for creativity? So did Jeremy so he wrote this in response to the post you just read)
Question: What about you? Have you taken the plunge? Does TV hurt or hinder your creativity?