Posted by: joshjasper | November 21, 2008

Happy 1 year anniversary!

A year ago today we officially “unplugged.”  It has been exactly one year that my wife and I decided to get rid of the television.  The purpose was twofold in that it was a time in which we were cutting costs so that my wife could stay home with our son, along with thinking a little less tv might be beneficial for everyone. 

So, after 12 phone calls and 5 e-mails from Direct TV over the past 12 months, we find ourselves still without cable television.  The customer service representatives simply could not wrap their brains around the fact that someone would just not want cable television because they wanted to spend more time with their family.  By the 10th phone call, the monthly bill had gone from $40 per month to a “customer appreciation rate” of $10.  Now to be clear, we did keep the television so we could rent movies, and 2 weeks ago we decided to join Netflix so it is not as if we have been completely removed from reality. 

With so much violence found in television show, movies, and commercials, it is nice to have a bit of a break from it all.  Did you know that a typical child is exposed to 8,000 murders on television by the time he or she finishes elementary school, and that a typical teenager sees 200,000 acts of violence on TV by age 18?  It makes you think how easily violence can be normalized by simply watching television. 

I’m sure we’ll back back to flipping through the channels to catch the next rerun of “M.A.S.H.” someday, but until then, we’ll be happy knowing that we probably didn’t miss anything that important.

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