Slipping into Distraction

I’ve been an advocate for not watching television for a long time. TV rots your brain. You get out what you put in. And honestly, I have too many other things I want to accomplish to even have time to watch television.

TV hypnosisWe haven’t had a TV in our house for almost 10 years. And I haven’t missed it at all. (We have computers.)

Lately, though, I’ve been slipping.

It started with movies from the library. The library is right next to where I work, so occasionally I would go in and look at the movies that they had, and see if there was anything I wanted to watch. It would be a weekend-type treat. And sometimes I would check out several DVDs and not have time to watch them all.

I started seeing DVDs of television series. Most of them were not of interest to me. There were a few that were, though – Rome, The Tudors, and Dr. Who. So I started slowly watching them.

I would often binge watch. I’d go for long periods of time without watching anything, and then watch a whole series in the space of a month. And then watch nothing again for a long time.

Then came all the talk about Game of Thrones. (And more Dr. Who.) I was curious, and found ways to watch it even without having television.

When I’m working on a sewing project, I like to have something playing in the background. The noise of just the sewing machine (and the Minecraft videos my kids watch on YouTube) gets tedious. So I put on something *I* want to watch.

There are a couple of series out now that I watch whether I am sewing or not – Outlander, Dr. Who, and probably Once Upon a Time and Game of Thrones once they start again. This is getting out of control.

I try to justify it and tell myself that at least I’m not watching it on commercial television, with advertisements bombarding me every 6 minutes. I don’t think I would be able to stand that.

But really, it is an escape. It’s a way for me to get out of my own life, away from whatever stresses me, for a little while. I’m still watching when I am sewing. And I’m working on setting my living space up in such a way that I can be on the elliptical and watch so that I will ideally spend more time exercising.

I know it will balance out. If I start falling behind on projects and schoolwork, the shows will drop.

Do you watch television? What shows do you watch? On second thought, I don’t want to know. I don’t need anything else to get hooked on.

What are the reasons you watch?

Self-awareness is always good when you are talking about any kind of habit.