Welcome to my blog post series, ‘Ask a Millennial!’ In this blog post series, I ,as a millennial, will tell my side of the story of things we seem to be “killing” or whatever an article says about millennials in general. Let’s get started!
Hello, everybody! Today in this week’s blog post series of ‘Ask a Millennial!’, we are going to be talking about this article on Business Insider! In this article, it talks about many age groups and their television/screen viewing habits. Surprisingly, our screen habits are less than Generation X’s. However, when it comes to traditional cable, Baby Boomers seem to be watching the most when it comes to cable television followed by Generation X. As for us millennials, we aren’t watching much cable TV.
So, are we millennials killing the cable TV industry now? Well, to make things short, probably. As a millennial, besides watching only two shows on Comedy Central which I could just watch easily online besides on the TV, I really hate television to be honest with you. Kid-me and Teenage-me loved television because the internet didn’t offer any other entertainment subscriptions besides YouTube like it does today, but as I grew up, my tastes in shows changed. I guess you could say I outgrew television’s programs directed toward me. The only television shows I consume now are anime on a Crunchyroll subscription; which is only $6.95 a month. I know the usual millennial goes for Netflix, but as for being a millennial that doesn’t exactly fit into society’s box as a ‘regular joe’, I just don’t watch Netflix. In all honesty, it feels to me that nothing is targeted toward my viewing demographic. And since I mainly watch subbed anime (anime in Japanese with English subtitles) and Netflix doesn’t offer that, you bet I’m not going to cough up around 10 bucks a month for something not directed toward my viewing demographic.
To explain more about what I’m talking about when I refer to my demographic, I’m the type of person who prefers fictional cartoon shows or movies directed to my age group instead of shows that are fictional that use real actors in them. I just find the shows that use real actors in them to be… well, boring. And honestly, there are some subjects and elements in these shows that I just want to escape from when viewing entertainment for an hour or so. And NO, I have no interest in watching crude cartoon shows like South Park or Family Guy. I have no interest in that crap. However, I did like Family Guy seasons 1-4 since the episodes were not as crude as they are now.
To bring the point home, I just don’t watch regular TV. I simply have no interest in it. That’s all. I will leave you with a Neil Gaiman quote about how I feel about anime when I watch it:
“Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you’ve never been. Once you’ve visited other worlds, like those who ate the fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different.” – Neil Gaiman
Whenever I write… whenever I watch anime or read manga… I am always reminded of this powerful quote. And ever time, you betcha I’m discontent every day! But we always must remember that even one person can change the world. And you could be that person someday! 🙂
Anyway, back on topic. So besides cable, what are millennials doing to consume TV shows these days? Well, I think I answered this question a few paragraphs back. Since paying for a cable bill is like paying out the nose for an unnecessary luxury in the world of digital streaming, we are simply cutting the cord. We’re running to our Rokus and subscribing to the apps that have streaming content on them. Like Netflix. And we are not alone. According to the BI article, A LOT of people are cutting the cord who are not just millennials, I betcha’. If we want cable TV with commercials, we’re running to Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW. They’re only like, what, 30 bucks a month? Or if we dislike commercials, Netflix and Hulu are great alternatives to cable television. They don’t offer every show you get on cable (basically mostly reality shows), but if you like to consume entertainment without commercials in it like I do, they’re great entertainment platforms! 🙂
This millennial has offered her two cents and has spoken! The bottom line, not just millennials, but most of us are cutting the cord for cheaper and better viewing options. And to honest, they are just as good, if not better. 🙂 And the best part is, most of our other viewing option have NO COMMERCIALS! Cable TV can’t beat that. 😉
Join me next time in my ‘Ask a Millennial!’ blog series for our next hot topic!
Do you still have cable TV? Did you ‘cut the cord’ yet?