My husband and I cancelled our DISH network subscription 2 weeks ago and have already noticed some wonderful benefits, other than the financial savings of course. The first two days were hardest on my hubby, since he uses the TV to "fill time". He did watch some of the Rick Steves travel dvds I had bought him and enjoyed those, but as the days went on, he did not rely on the TV as much.
He and I began to reconnect more and actually were having dinner conversations instead of watching TV while we ate and I noticed that I was putting more effort into making our meals nicer. If there was a show we wanted to watch, I could pull it up on my computer and we would cuddle together on the couch while we watched. We worked on more projects together here at home and spent more time talking and enjoying each other's company.
One of the biggest benefits though has been a total surprise to me. I have anxiety issues and when something horrible happens in the world, the television stations play things over and over and bombard us with information and images, many of which are very disturbing. For someone like me who can't get those gruesome images out of their head and has nightmares as a result, this has been a huge problem for me. It just ramps my anxiety levels way up. With the horrific attacks in Belgium and all the nonsense being spouted and childish behavior of our political candidates, it has been a blessing for me to just be able to go online and see snippets of the news without being overwhelmed by it all. I can choose to read a news story or see a news video or not.
I have found that my anxiety levels have gone way down. I feel so much more peaceful and am not rattled as easily. In the past, there were things that would come on TV that would cause me to have a panic attack. Now I don't have to deal with that. Even though we may still have some stressful things going on in our lives, I think that unplugging from the TV networks has really helped. It will be interesting to see if this pattern continues.