We’ve been considering ending our Netflix subscription for awhile, and the looming price increase helped pushed us over the edge.
In the grand scheme of things, $6 extra a month isn’t going to break the bank or force me to gamble on partybingo.com for extra cash, and I believe it’s still a good value for what you’re getting and fairly competitive with the other options out there. From the outrage I’ve seen online, you’d think that Netflix was just out to greedily squeeze us all for every penny we’ve got!
But guess what? Newsflash: You can turn it off!
And that’s what we’re going to do! But the price increase was not the original or driving force behind our decision.
It’s just another step we are making to increase our productivity and strive towards excellence in our lives.
While movies are great and in and of themselves are not evil, (most of them anyway!) we’ve started to notice that they’re simply getting in the way of real life.
Evaluating how we were spending our time, we realized we just spend way too much time in front of the television. The national average for watching tv adds up to a 65-year-old having spent a total of 9 years glued to the tube! While our household was no where near that average, it does make you think!
It is way too easy, (especially with our Roku device and the hundreds of instantly-available movies online,) to just plop on the couch most evenings and check our brains at the door.
How many weeks, months, years of our lives are we squandering on this relatively useless “activity?” I’m ashamed to admit that awhile back we got sucked into the show “Lost” with our instant Netflix. We added it up…we spent approximately 95 hours just watching “Lost!”
And what did we gain from that? Mostly raised blood pressure and a lot of frustration at the
stupid, confusing ambiguous plot! I was mildly horrified.
Think of the things we could be learning by reading books in that time! The relationships that are being neglected while we lounge on the couch! Literally years of our life could be eaten up just by passively watching other people pretend to live!
I challenge you to unplug your tv just for a week and see what happens. After you get over the initial withdrawal, (which I will admit we have experienced!) you might be amazed at the results!
If it’s so important to you that you can’t imagine living without it for a week, it might be time to step back and re-evaluate your priorities and decide if the time you’re spending on the couch in front of the tube couldn’t be spent in more God-glorifying ways!
Perhaps all those things you “didn’t have the time for,” will suddenly be do-able! You’ll have more one-on-one time with your kids, and you’ll be setting a good example to them on setting priorities. Children are like sponges, watching everything you do and soaking it all in. If nothing else motivates you, let it be your kids!
We’re not boycotting movies entirely…we’ll still grab an occasional Redbox or borrow a DVD from family and friends, and we’ll still enjoy going to the theater occasionally for a date night. Movies can be a great way to relax now and then, or to just unwind after a particularly stressful day, but we’re kicking the “habit!”