You do have a choice in these sort of matters. The first choice is to not consume at all, which often is the best choice. Beyond oxygen (which you cannot do without for more than five minutes), water (about two days) and food (maybe a month), most of what you think you "need" really is actually a "want". Cable TV is not oxygen. If it is, I have been holding my breath over over a decade, now.
People say they "need a place to live" but what they really want is a mini-mansion with granite countertops like they saw on Cable TeeVee. And when mean old Mr. Bank takes it away? Wah! Unfair! Mr. Mean old bank! I'm going to hold my breath until I turn blue and protest Wall Street! Wah!