Why I Don’t Have a TV!

Whenever I tell people that I don’t have a TV, I generally get one of two reactions.

1 ● Me neither!

2 ● You don’t have a TV???? But what do you do instead? (All said with disbelief and a shocked expression)

Here are some of the reasons why I don’t have a TV:

Having a TV is extremely distracting and it ruins my creativity!

When I get into the zone of my creativity, I don’t get easily distracted, but it’s that time before I sit down to work that’s crucial. Those are the moments where I could easily get distracted and end up sitting in front of a screen and watch reruns of Cold Case until I fall asleep on the couch and absolutely no work has been done.

I love books more! 

Don’t get me wrong, I will devour a good movie or a show from time to time, but that’s when I choose to do it. I don’t want to zap between fiction and then MAYBE stumble upon something interesting. I want to be in control of the entertainment that I consume, and I just happen to like books more!

I have my Mac!

If I ever feel like binge-watching all the episodes of Rick & Morty, see a documentary or discover a new movie, then I have my laptop and I have Netflix and YouTube. That’s pretty much all I need whenever the urge to watch something comes over me.

I like to go on movie dates!

My way of discovering new movies is usually to take myself out on a spontaneous movie date! If I’ve been out writing most of the day and I feel like treating myself to something special, I will go online, book a ticket to some random movie and go watch it. I love those movie dates, and I’ve fallen in love with several movies because of them. And I’ve ended up reading the books that the movies have been based on and loved them even more!

My time is extremely valuable!

This is the most important one, so let me repeat myself:


And so is yours!

Today I watched one of Casey Neistat’s latest vlogs and he read a piece that Ryan Holiday wrote and it really hit home with me:

“Time is our most irreplaceable asset—we cannot buy more of it. We cannot get a second of it back. We can only hope to waste as little as possible. Yet somehow we treat it as most renewable of all resources.”

You can read Ryan Holiday’s full post here!

Or you can watch  Casey Neistat reading it here:

This is something that I find to be so true! I devote an extreme amount of time to doing the things that I love, to create and to build the life that I want to have. I don’t have time to waste, and not having a TV at home helps me to not be tempted to just slouch on my couch while the hours go by. I don’t even want to think about the amount of time that I wasted in front of it back in the days. Hours and hours that I will never get back. Hours and hours where I could’ve been creating.

So those are some of the reasons why I’ve chosen to not have a TV at home. 

Let me know if you have one at home!? And if you do, do you find yourself spending more time in front of it than you like? 




Author: Christina de Vries

Writer, YouTuber and Creative Soul! Come into my world and see ❤️

6 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Have a TV!”

  1. Love this! I used to watch TV way too much when I was younger. It was always on when I was home. Now I only watch it for certain shows and I try to be intentional with this. There’s no limit to how much sport I’ll watch because I find it so inspiring, but I’m selective with everything else because once you start a series, it can become addictive. I find that TV isn’t m time waster, though, instead it’s the internet. So I have to be careful to shut down the laptop so I can do more of what I love: reading, writing and creating.

    1. Me too! The TV was always on at my mom’s place when I grew up.
      So happy to hear that you have the self-control to not let it waste your time anymore!! That’s awesome! I guess I don’t trust myself to have that amount of self-control 😂

  2. High five! I have a TV, but does it get used? Nope. I prefer books too, and I have a laptop for when I fancy watching something (although this is very rare!)

    1. Sounds very familiar! I had a TV for some years that was never used too. It wasn’t connected to anything other than a DVD player, so I only used it for whenever I wanted to see a movie 😊

      And books are so much better!!

  3. I feel the same way! There are a few shows I still like to watch, but I don’t idly watch TV like I did when I was a lot younger. I got rid of my mine when I the broadcast signal switched to digital and I couldn’t watch broadcasts anymore. It felt so good to not have it as a distraction. Though sometimes I still get distracted by other things, like reading everyone’s blogs. ;P

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