Remember when life was simple? There was once upon a time, not long ago, when life was not run so much on electricity. There were very few television stations, so TV watching was limited to a couple hours, same with music. There were not personal music players, no cell phones, no GPS, no laptop, no game systems.
I really think living in that environment would be a lot better for the mind and the pocket. Think about how much money we spend on these "extra" thing. They are extra because we can live without the, but have to learn to accept it as must haves. Things like cellphone, Internet access, entertainment, and etc.
The Cost per year:
This is the basics if you don't include all the accessories and peripherals.
cable TV: $1000
Internet access: $400
cellphone plan: $500
cost of phone: $100 (because these phone are slow and obsolete in a bout 2 years, and a 2 year contract will get you the next one)
TV: $100 (because we are expecting the TV to last about 5-10 years, so cost/years is about this)
game systems: $50 (again how long before the new one comes out and make this one obsolete)
computer system/laptop: $300 (same principle above
Now add on to that the additional cost of games, apps, accessories, and not to mention the electricity bill. The cost of these extra things in modern life is about at least $3000/year.
I not am saying that we should ditch all of these, but $3000/year is a nice chunk of change in my pocket. I know, I know, I gotta live a little. But do I really need all of these?