It’s so easy to sit in front of the TV and lose yourself in all of the fiction. Sure, you may watch the news sometimes. The news is not on all of the time. And if you soak yourself in “news”, each new piece of information becomes old within seconds. What is on the news is only new for a little while. But the fiction displayed on TV is the biggest addiction.
Think about it: Your favorite TV series is showing a new episode tonight, but your family wants to go out to eat. You search for another time the show will come on, and nothing comes up but that one time. You can search for it later when you get home, but the weather forecast shows thunderstorms and gusts of wind for that night, and the power may go out, causing you to not have Internet.1 So, what do you do? You have the option to go, but you really want to see this new episode tonight. You have been waiting for this episode the entire series because 1) it is the series finale, and 2) it wraps up everything else that happened in the season, and this is the conclusion, containing all of the answers to your questions!
Honestly, I would rather eat at home. I dislike eating out, but if I hadn’t eaten out in a while, I might go with the family. It just depends on the situation, who is going, what my mood is and whether I feel like eating out that night. Sometimes I vote for something healthier. I don’t splurge often.
I never realized exactly how easy it is to get lost in fiction – in a book, in a game, in a TV show, in a movie, etc. – until just recently. It doesn’t take many Law & Order: Special Victims Unit hour-long episodes (not to mention the marathons on Tuesdays that lead to a new episode!) until I become lost in the series. I want to know what the next one is about; I want to know what happens next; I’ve seen this one, but I want to see it again. It’s so easy, and it takes a lot to pull away.
I’m not saying it’s wrong to get lost in things away from reality2, but after a while it gets dark.
I used to be someone who sat around and watched TV all day. It was a very dark, lonely place to be. But I’m better than that now, and that is all that matters. The people I wish would see that do not, but I cannot change their perception of me each time I feel like I have changed, even though I have changed for the better. I don’t let it bother me, even if they may think I should let it bother me.
Watching TV all day is okay sometimes, like if you wake up on a Saturday and want have a TV or movie day, or both.
Don’t get lost like I did. It’s really hard to shy away from addiction like that.
Anything on TV can now be seen later, even if years later. The amount of time you spend in front of a television cannot be bought back, though. You’ll miss out on a lot more than you knew possible.
More information: http://www.allaboutlifechallenges.org/television-addiction.htm.