A few months ago I unplugged my television and called the cable company to request Internet-only service. I am not one of those “I don’t watch TV,” people! I work in television news, and I have a number of favorite must-see shows. What I realized, however, is that I could watch most of them online, either via live stream (for example, the news) or using my trusty Netflix account and Amazon Prime memberships.
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Now, the only time I watch actual TV is at work (CNN or 9 On Your Side News) or when I am visiting my mother in St. Louis: Ample opportunity to catch up with the latest from Flo, the Progressive Insurance lady. (I do miss the delight that comes with finding a Law & Order episode on any number of channels at pretty much any time of day).
Upon reflection, I realize that slowly but surely I am becoming one of those (other) people. Are you?
- Holiday and birthday greetings via Facebook rather than actual cards, as of 2010
- No landline phone, as of 2011
- Binge-watching shows online, as of 2013
- Cable quitter, as of 2014
- iTunes, as of 2006
- Spotify, as of 2013 (I am not a Pandora person)
- Most news consumption online, as of 2007
- Arranging travel (flights, hotels, car rentals, destination information), increasingly as of 2008
- Bill-paying, increasingly as of 2006
I can’t remember the last time I bought a CD or DVD. And, I’m considering getting rid of the ones (still) collecting dust in my apartment.
There are a few things I still do the old school way: I read books and magazines in actual paper form. I also do crossword puzzles on paper–binge style, via compilations of Sunday New York Times puzzles. When it comes to shopping, I am about 50-50: For clothes and shoes, I usually go to an actual store; when buying gifts, it’s online. Also, I still like to carry some cash, and I write a check for rent.