Why I Stopped Watching TV, and Why You Should Too

To be perfectly honest, I stopped watching TV because I had to. I literally could not see the TV from the angle my bed was placed in my freshman-year dorm, so I simply stopped watching it. Sure, I missed it on Glee Tuesdays and Kardashian marathons, but I learned to live without it, and, more than a year later, it was one of the best decisions I made (or was forced to make).

Here are three reasons why:

1.  No distractions

This is the obvious one. Have you ever tried fully focusing on a task? That means no TV, no Facebook, and no texting -- just you and the task at hand. Well, it's awesome. You'd be surprised at how much the quality of your work improves when you give it your all. Yes, there are many more distractions to take you away from your work other than the TV, but if you completely cut one out, it's one less you have to deal with.

2. More time

According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than four hours of TV each day. Four hours. That's 240 minutes, four one-block classes! If you are an average TV watcher, you are technically adding a four-credit class to your schedule.

I can't say how many times I've complained about my lack of time. There's just not enough time in college to succeed in classes, be involved in extracurricular activities, have a decent social life, and have a satisfactory sleep schedule. Even after giving up TV, there is just not enough time to do it all, but by giving it up, I made more time. Instead of catching an episode of my favorite show, I now have time to catch up with my old roommate, or, if I'm feeling up to the challenge, tackle those readings I've been putting off.

3. Less junk, more control

I remember trying my hardest to work on an assignment and completely giving up hope on finishing it once a marathon of a show I liked came on. Sometimes it wouldn't even be a show I particularly loved or followed. Sometimes I would just get hooked on one episode and could not stop watching.

Think about it: by watching an episode of, say, the Kardashians (one of my guilty pleasures), you are giving up one whole hour of your time to something that does not benefit you whatsoever. Once you eliminate television, you eliminate the temptation. You are cutting out so many meaningless distractions, and gaining control of what you do for entertainment because you can no longer mindlessly fall into the plot of a show you could care less about.