In a previous post, I hinted that I may be slightly addicted to coffee. Only one thing supersedes this addiction: trash TV, baby. If you need the skinny on Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood, Being Human, Ghost Whisperer, the X-Files, Vampire Diaries, the Originals, Dracula or the Mindy Kaling Show, I’m your girl.
When a friend recently asked me to suggest a new television show, I started running through my list of favorites. I quickly became disturbed at how many show were on this list. Is it possible to be addicted to television? Apparently, yes, it is.
And then I started to ruminate more deeply on the pros and cons of watching so much TV. Surely this can’t be good, I thought. So I carefully observed my own viewing habits.
What I discovered: When I get home in the evening, I turn on the television. When I wake up in the morning, I turn on the television. I watch episodes while eating, while dressing and while putting on my makeup. After extensive self observation, I noticed that I wasn’t paying close attention to these shows. Mostly, they were just on in the background.
I guess you could say that TV is my life’s soundtrack. To give you a sense of the breadth of this matter – I’m watching television right now.
Maybe I should feel worse about this, but I get so much done with television on and acting as background noise. I do a plethora of writing while in the throws of a Grey’s Anatomy marathon. If I write in silence, I hear every noise, from the dog barking down the street, to the faucet dripping, to my kitten scratching on his kitty post. Somehow, the distraction of television drowns out all other distractions and keeps me trained on the writing task at hand.
So, with these new realizations in mind, I will proudly re-watch episodes of Once Upon a Time and Modern Family, all while pounding out my next article. It’s time I embraced my addiction.
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