I am well known for being a little on the cheap side. I am also well known for not being much of a technology guy (despite the blog). I have been the butt of many good-natured jokes over my lack of technology. In fact, I was recently in a jesting match at work over my lack of a Netflix or Hulu subscription. My wife and I don't watch TV shows and we typically rent movies the old fashioned way—from a movie store. Apparently, way weird.
One of my coworkers laughingly said I should write a blog about why I rent DVDs from a movie store instead of subscribing to Netflix, like the rest of the world.
It got me thinking, why don't I subscribe to Netflix, cable, or Hulu? Why do I limit social media? Why did Rachel and I not buy a TV for the first four years of our marriage? Why do I not play video games? Why have Rachel and I lived this way?
Finances are one aspect. We would rather prioritize our dollars for other things. The bigger and deeper reason is lifestyle. What is the best way we can spend our limited time? I wish I had a dollar for every moment someone has asked what I do with my time instead of watching TV. How in the world did humanity make it without technology for so long?!
Not having the option to watch television, scroll through social media, or get overly sucked into other forms of technology forces me to find more constructive things to do. In answer to the countless people who have asked what I do in the evening hours instead of TV, here is a list:
There are plenty of options out there, but, these are my typical go-to choices. Today, Rachel and I do own a television. We also have social media. What is interesting is that we went so long without it, we hardly ever use it now that we do have it. We have developed a lifestyle and habits that we find more fulfilling.
There is always an anomaly, but I don't believe 99% of people's favorite memories come from a glowing screen. So for now, I will keep choosing the movie store over online subscriptions.