On any given week, I record between 12 and 15 hours of television on my DVR. It’s typically lower, as all the shows I watch aren’t airing new episodes at the same time — but it sometimes feels overwhelming.
When I go away for a week, or get caught up in volunteer duties and other after-work events, my DVR gets a little ridiculous with all of its unwatched recordngs. I end up feel stressed out that I still have six or eight hours to catch up on, rather than looking forward to enjoy shows I chose to DVR in the first place.
So I did a little spring cleaning this past week, and canceled some of the series recordings. For quite a few of the shows, I found myself rolling my eyes (“Glee“) or not caring what happened next (“Chicago Fire,” “Necessary Roughness“) anyway.
My TV-watching habits are seasonal anyhow, and as warmer weather arrives (ASAP, please), I know I’ll spend more time outside and being active than curled up on the couch. But for a generation that’s grown up on TV — and discovered the intoxicating power of time-shifting your shows so you can watch them (commercial free!) whenever you like — it’s easy to succumb to life as a couch potato.
Do you find yourself watching more TV in the winter? Or have you given up your cable subscription altogether?