I started this on February 21. So this is Day 3 even though I never posted for Day 1 or 2. The experiment is pretty self-explanatory…


  • No television shows
  • No movies
  • No anything on a TV (but short videos, like interviews and presentations, on the computer are okay)

When I started this, I had just finished watching the eighth and final season of 24 on Netflix (I didn’t watch it when it originally aired). I actually stayed up all night finishing the last episode. I figured that was the last thing I’d watch for a while.

At this point, I feel like I’ve seen all the good stuff. I might watch a movie or two before Korea, but I’m not planning on watching anything once I’m there, except maybe a one-off trip to a Korean movie theater.


For now, I feel like I get to bed better. Usually, I’d stay up until I was tired and then I’d finally put in a movie (thanks to streaming Netflix). So I was already ready to get to sleep, but I’d push myself another two hours watching a movie.

The only thing I feel like I’m missing is the social side of movies. That’s the hardest part of any habit change, when it’s socially conditioned. I think that’s why diets are so difficult to change. They’re usually¬†contingent¬†on culture, or you have to really put forth some effort to buck the system.

Television shows are totally easy for me to ditch. I didn’t watch anything before this experiment, so I’m not really changing anything now as far as that goes. I watched 24, but I finished those. I’ve watched some of The Office and Jimmy Fallon but not regularly. I don’t see it being a problem to completely ditch those.

But we’ll see. The social side might come into play a little more over the weekend. I’ll keep you updated.