February 6, 2013 in Creating Simple Living
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Not only have we applied simple living and minimalist ideas to our material belongings – we have also applied it to our electronic tools.
Have we survived?
What kind of crazy backwards people are we to even try this?
I really get a kick out of how crazy this all sounds to some people. My kids have started to enjoy the reactions they get by telling people we don’t have a TV. But really it probably isn’t as crazy or extremist as it might seem.
It is actually more common than you might think
- In 2011 there were (estimated) 114.7 TV’s in the USA (the first decrease in 20 years) source
- In 2010 (sorry I couldn’t find 2011) there were (estimated) 144.8 households in the USA source
While this might look like everyone has a TV this isn’t the case. Many houses have 3 TV’s or more. … sometimes even more TVs than people in the home. This leaves a lot of homes with no TV’s just like us
Why did we get rid of our TV?
I don’t like the trashy content, and I don’t like the constant distraction, but a lot of it came down to minimalism. It was ugly and we just didn’t use it or value it enough to have it in our space.
Does that mean we don’t watch TV?
Not at all… as much as we might be better people if we didn’t. TVs are everywhere and we often watch with friends of family. With all our travels we watch in hotels, and lots of TV and movies can be found on the computer. Not having TVs all through our house help us be more intentional about what we do watch. We can find what we want to watch, but we don’t have a button to press every time we get board or want to escape for a while. I believe we are all better off for it.
I love Smartphones… but I don’t have one
It came down to the fact that I really didn’t need one and I spent all kinds of time on it. I have a cell phone and I call and text people all the time, but I don’t need instant access to the internet or my e-mail/social media at my finger tips all day.
I tell this to other people and I get ‘Oh, I could never live without my smart phone’ Really?
Just because you use the features doesn’t mean you need it. When I had my smart phone I used it all time time, but my e-mail and social media can usually survive without my supervision for a few hours. Even people working on-call or handling much more important work than me could probably get by with phone and text … but that is my opinion and I know every situation is different.
What these smart phones do is control our lives. We are addicted to busy and they are a little tool to make sure our heads and fingers are always living up to this addiction.
In the past year I have probably lived the best of both words. My husband still has his smart phone and when we were traveling we had it to get internet for blogging and for maps and weather (we were dodging Sandy for a while on our roadtrip). This set-up has helped me have the perks but not the constant addiction.
I am not saying everyone should get rid of TVs and smartphones. I think both are good if they are used as a tool. I do share our decisions and experience to help you question how these electronics work in your life and how much you really need/want to have in your life.