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Nicole and I counted the number of television series we are in the middle of or about to start watching: fifteen. That seems like a lot to us, especially since we do not own a television! I subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime so there is plenty of content at my fingertips (Netflix is basically only for the Marvel content now, like Daredevil–big fan). Typically, we will watch our shows together, cuddled around a laptop or tablet in bed. It’s a nice way to zone out for an hour.
Fifteen shows is a surprising number for us. Between those fifteen shows, we watch maybe 6 hours of content per week. Typically, we binge watch a season and then we have nothing to watch for 11 months.
I don’t think we are going to give up any shows yet but eventually that number is going to drop as some shows have already completed their run. The trick will be not to replace them.
Television is interesting as art, but spending too much time in front of the TV has the same issues as spending too much time staring at a painting. While you are sitting and staring, you are not doing. It is good to take a break once in a while, and let your mind wander, but it is not good to spend more time doing that than actually contributing to the world.
Fifteen shows is too many for me. I think ten might be okay. Three would be ideal, but I am only saying that based on personal feelings. How many shows do you watch? What ones contribute value to you and what ones can you let go without really missing them? Most importantly, what will you do with that time to contribute to yourself, your friends, your family, or the world instead?