I made a new years resolution back in January that I would slowly pull myself away from reality TV. It started with The Kardashians. I said “Ok, I will no longer watch E! and by the time Lent rolls around I’ll give up Bravo.” It was sort of an experiment to see if my well being was in a better state without the constant hum of the media.
As life would have it, after I moved into my current house, I couldn’t afford cable. So not only am I not watching E! or Bravo, I’m not watching ESPN, TNT, TBS, or even USA. And I work at a TV station. I started to notice a difference in how I spent my time. I started gardening, reading a lot more, and writing. I listen to the radio, especially NPR, and even though I’ve always cooked, I seek out new recipes now more than ever.
The other day in line at the grocery store, I picked up a Cosmo, which used to be a guilty pleasure of mine that I swore I always read with discernment. As I was flipping through, I thought to myself, “Good grief, I don’t even miss this.” Cosmo and I have clearly grown apart in the last 6 months.
For one, our values have completely changed. All the articles about how to get a man seemed petty and immature. The sex tips, which once seemed juicy and lurid, now appeared indecent and debauched. I thought “I have my man, and your sex tips don’t include anything about sacred love. Do women really only want sexual compulsion and physical pleasure?” (I’ve touched a bit on pleasure in my last post, so you know where I stand on that one.)
Needless to say, I put Comso back on the shelf. I get my magazines from the library anyways because I am a broke 20-Something. I realized by slicing out Cosmo and Bravo and E! and all that unhealthy media hum, I’ve been able to cleanse my soul for the better. No, I don’t intend to suspend all media in my life – in this day and age that would be impossible. (Have I mentioned that I work in TV?) But I would like to enrich the media I surround myself with so that I feel more enriched myself.