I watch very little television and when I do there’s a 87% chance it’s live sports. I just don’t have time but occasionally I’ll find time (and energy) to veg out and watch a few shows. Most of the time it’s something we’ve already DVR’d and I’m just getting caught up, this of course also means fast-forwarding through all the commercials and getting right to the good stuff.
This past weekend I had a little extra time since I was nursing a crazy sore leg (=didn’t move much) so I watching a few shows and I noticed something. I wanted a lot of stuff.
I’m sure its because I avoid most TV (mainly commercials) and malls that I don’t really find myself wanting a lot. Things that I do want are usually pretty reasonable wants like replacing old clothes, occasional travel, things for the kid. I’m practical and don’t look to necessarily upgrade perfectly functioning things. So why is it when I watch my occasional TV show I find myself living an inadequate life? I don’t equate the feelings I experience in watching TV and wanting things with the well-known ”keeping up with the Joneses” mentality, rather a feeling of inadequacy, which in some ways is worse.
My washing machine isn’t good enough, I need that shower curtain…whatever it is, marketing is powerful and even I’m not immune. I hate feeling like this. I know there’s nothing wrong with anything we have. We have so much more than most of the world yet I still feel myself wanting more and quite honestly it’s a yucky feeling.
I think most people would benefit from a TV/advertising and social media detox (for many reasons), I also think most people would notice a change in their budget in doing so. If I avoided all social media/TV I know we would spend less. Continuing to live our lives the way we do without knowing when things like new food trucks are opening, would indefinitely save us money. Though we’re pretty good with our funds even we have weaknesses (like trying new places to eat, often found via Twitter).
TV and advertising has a whole other angle when kids are involved. Maria is starting to recognize things and toys in stores. Usually characters from her favorite Netflix or Disney channel shows and it’s kind of terrifying. Though she’s only three I know ”want lists” are in our near future. It’s fine and natural to want things the challenge as parents being giving her something which she appreciates and understands why it’s not everything. TV is a luxury we enjoy but there are many negatives that can come with it if you allow it.
Does your TV watching (or not watcing) effect your budget?