I've spent the past three weeks without Cable, Internet, or a Home Phone; yesterday the latter two were set up, but I have a feeling Cable is gone for good. After nearly 12 years with a big telecom company, and all the frustration that entailed, I told them I was done.
Breaking up with Big Telecom is like ending a relationship with someone who insists it's not over. Multiple phone calls from them, emails asking for one last chance – pathetic, just pathetic. Have some dignity, Rogers Communications.
So anyways – how this relates to art: I thought that without the internet as a distraction, I would get a lot more artwork done. Didn't happen. My productivity was roughly the same; while the net wasn't distracting me over these past few weeks, it wasn't assisting me either when I needed inspiration or reference material. So, I've signed up with one of the smaller distributors of home phone and internet (do you know what else is a lot smaller? The bill.)
What's interesting is that my wife and I used the cable television the most out of those three services – and we miss it the least. I'd advise anyone out there to, at least as an experiment, try cutting yourself off from what you use regularly, if only for a little while. It may reveal what it is you really want and need.