And I’m a TV addict.
Yes, I admit it and am unashamed. I try not to judge people – I’m not always successful, like for example, if one abuses children and animals, I’ll be the first one in line to pass judgment, but let’s lighten things up here. When we’re talking about harmless habits, I say: “to each his own”.
Just because I don’t partake in an avocation doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the joy it might bring to another. I don’t knit, do crossword puzzles, make candles, etc., but I think it’s great other folks find pleasure in those activities. I find it exhilarating when I hear someone talk about their hobby with such enthusiasm… it means they’re enjoying themselves… enjoying life. The funny thing is, there appears to be a stigma in our society if one admits to spending hours in front of the television. Almost worse is being judged for what programs one chooses to watch. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say to me:
“Ohhh, that’s an awful show. I can’t believe anyone watches that crap! There’s too much violence in the real world as it is.” Implying I must be deranged because I enjoy the program and/or I don’t appreciate the horrors in the *real world*. And I’ll add, it’s the same with novels… just because one might choose to read (or write) a murder mystery, it doesn’t mean we’re not sympathetic to victims and their families.
It’s acceptable if someone chooses to go out to dinner every evening, or they travel, or jog several miles a day. Some people even love to clean their house (I only wish I had the desire for THAT amusement – come to think of it, jogging too) and good for them. If it’s what makes them happy and they’re not hurting anyone, GO FOR IT!
Perhaps part of the antipathy toward those of us who are TV addicts is that we’re not “cultured”, not out engaging in society and learning new things about the world around us. As for me, I spent many years in college and while I treasure those times and the education I obtained, nowadays I find great solace at home. It’s comforting, cozy. So even though I might pick up a book and read, I look forward to evenings when I can hunker down and watch my favorite television programs, which yes, are many.
These days you’ll find me catching episodes of: Criminal Minds, Drop Dead Diva, White Collar, Psych, Mentalist, The Good Wife, Big Bang Theory, Law & Order SVU… and on and on (I’m still in mourning Dexter has ended). I like older shows, new ones, comedies, crime-dramas… I can appreciate all of the genres. But please don’t judge me because I watch television or what shows I choose.
That being said, I’m curious how many other folks enjoy television as well? And what shows are your favorites?
C’mon… fess up. I know you’re out there.
I’m Lee and I’m a TV-aholic.
Thanks for listening.