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Why I Canceled My Streaming Services

Holly Lipovits

Posted on May 21, 2020 14:07

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I decided to cancel all of my streaming services and pursue more productive alternatives, such as the big stack of books by my laundry hamper.

With all the fuss going on about COVID-19, you would expect more people to be more productive with their time and quit lazing on the couch. However, I decided that enough was enough with spending my free time binge-watching "Girls" on Amazon Prime and began doing what I love to do most of all: read and write.

The last few months have been quite stir-crazy with COVID-19. States nationwide have put themselves on lockdown and pushed "stay-at-home" orders unless deemed necessary, such as grocery shopping. While my classes are thankfully online, I never had to leave my house to finish coursework or contact my instructor. I did, however, fall into a haze and binged TV shows on Netflix, Prime, and even mindlessly watched random YouTube videos.

I was trapped by quarantine and felt that it was okay to be lazy during this time and did not feel guilty at all. At first, anyway. The access to new shows and movies was at the tips of my fingers. It was so easy to lose control and waste an entire day even though I had a list of things to get done.

A few days went by and I felt as if I was a hermit. I told myself that this was the last day I would watch Prime or Netflix … and it was. I logged into my accounts and canceled my streaming services. As soon as I clicked “cancel,” I felt free. It is so easy to get caught up in technology when everything is just a click away. I never looked back and was grateful for my decision.

By canceling those services, I am now able to use the money that was going to be deducted back into my savings account for more important purchases. These services may not be that expensive, but they do add up over time, and I had certainly noticed that. I’m the kind of person that likes to save as much as I can and this’ll help me in the long run. 

Since canceling my streaming services, I have been able to cross off the books I’ve been wanting to read, like "Every Breath" by Nicholas Sparks. I’ve also completed and submitted my coursework earlier than the due date and have been writing more of my collection of short stories. Since I have not been watching TV as much, I’ve been more productive with the things I’ve been putting off.

Canceling these services isn’t for everyone, but it was certainly one of the best decisions I’ve made.

Holly Lipovits

Posted on May 21, 2020 14:07

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