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Sign of the Times: YouTube Has Replaced Cable TV in Our House

Last year we cut the cord on cable. We had already subscribed to numerous stand alone programs, such as HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime. We didn’t need cable and to be honest we still don’t. But here’s the deal. When we moved and signed up for FIOS, it cost us minimal more to bundle cable so we went for it.

YouTube > Cable

youtube vs cable tv

Fast forward, 3 months now we have had cable. I can’t say that we never use it, but I can tell you something that is a fact – YouTube is played way more around our house than cable TV is watched.

My kids don’t have screens in their rooms, but they will sit on the couch or in the office and watch YouTube. My son plays music via YouTube while he does his homework. My daughter is constantly looking up videos, everything from Minecraft videos to videos on how to do her hair. Our boys are constantly obsessed with YouTube videos of people playing video games or primitive technology.

Can we side note this post and ask a serious question? WHAT THE HELL is up with kids watching people talking playing video games. Seriously. I mean, the boys can watch hours and hours of people playing Minecraft or Roblox. It’s so weird to me, but it totally is a thing. My friends say the same thing about their kids (glad my kids aren’t alone, I would worry!) My kids aren’t into this (crossing fingers that they won’t find interest in it!) – but I hear this whole kids watching kids play with toys is another huge YouTube hit.

Nope, don’t get it.

Just an interesting observation and sign of the times. Cable and network television was such a big deal when I was growing up, now – I can’t think of one current sitcom that my kids follow with regularity.

Are your kids YouTube fans? Is YouTube more viewed than TV in your house?