When I chucked out the telly I got my life back, even though I didn't watch it much.
There are money saving benefits, too:
1. You’ll want less stuff. TV breeds greed. You think you’re immune to adverts and the celebrity lifestyle but they subtly worm their way into your desires and convince you to spend.
2. You’ll free up more time. On average people watch TV for more than 22 hours a week. People waste money when they haven’t got their life well organised, having extra time (the equivalent of two extra 11-hour days a week!) makes that less likely.
3. You’ll do other things. Breaking the TV habit means you cultivate other simple pleasures and hobbies. This dramatically alters your ability to notice and appreciate life’s small gifts.
4. Your kids will learn to amuse themselves. TV makes kids passive and damages their concentration. TV stops boredom but bored kids learn how to keep themselves busy. They read more, know how to use their imagination and get creative.
5. You’ll eat less. TV watchers have a higher BMI, on average, than non-TV watchers. Mindless eating goes hand-in-hand with TV watching. When you’re not watching TV you’ll be more active and snacking less.
6. You’ll have more sex. TV-watching has a tranquilizing effect which is not conducive to arousal. Not sure how that saves you money - but if you’re happier you’re less likely to comfort-spend.