I used to watch a lot of TV as background noise. Sometimes, I would do it just to have another human voice in the house when my husband was at work and my son in school. (I'm a stay at home mom.) Then, I noticed how little TV I was actually actively watching. I now get Hulu and Netflix instead of gobs and gobs of cable TV channels. The bill is a lot lower, and I end up watching a much higher percentage of things I actually want to see. I can pursue all kinds of interests and learn new things through these online versions too, in a way that I just wasn't doing with cable.