I used to come home after work and turn on the TV. First thing. Now my TV only gets turned on when I watch my two Netflix movies per month, or when I watch a DVD. I watched Get Shorty a couple weeks ago. I love that movie. I also watched a VHS tape (OMG!) of It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve. My daughter gave me the DVD of Inglourious Basterds for Christmas, but I haven't taken the plastic off yet. Watching my TV set has become an "event" instead of just background noise in my condo.
That being said I have found that the Internet is just as addicting and time-consuming as TV. I boot up my laptop every evening and
- Check my facebook account. OMG facebook. I don't spend as much time on facebook as I did when I first signed up. I don't play Farmville anymore. BUT I do spend a lot of time commenting on my friends' posts and clicking on links - and then those links often lead to other links - and more links.
- Check my Google mail. I set this account up when some A-hole hijacked my Yahoo address book on Christmas Day and sent all my contacts emails with ads for Canadian Viagra. I actually had one friend who asked why I had sent it to her. sigh. I think it hurt her feelings that I thought she needed Canadian Viagra. I had to explain the hijacking thing and then I pointed out (kindly, I thought) that WOMEN don't take Viagra anyway. dur. (BTW... is Canadian Viagra different than American Viagra? I've never dated a Canadian guy....)
- Check my Yahoo mail. Because some people will NEVER update my email address to the new Google address no matter how many times I ask them.
- Check my Hotmail mail. Because there are still a couple people who have never updated to the Yahoo mail. I must be the most patient friend in the world.
- Check my Blogger home page and read the Blogs I'm following. Sometimes I comment on their blogs, or click on the blogs they are following and so on and so on.
- Check my bank account. That doesn't take long. sigh.
- Read the local paper online because someone always wants to TALK to me during my break at work when I'm TRYING to read the local paper. Reading the paper online tends to lead to reading the Jacksonville news online which can lead to watching short video clips of interest.
- And maybe write something on my own blog.
As far as TV is concerned the Winter Olympics, the Oscars, and some TV series I miss will be on. When I was a kid, if I missed an episode of something, that was it. I had one chance to maybe catch the rerun in the summer. Now, between listening to the radio and accessing the Internet, information is always available. If I'm still interested next September when my project is complete, I can Netflix or Hulu to my heart's content and catch up on my favorite story lines and characters. We'll see.