I’m a firm believer that there can be good and bad found in most things, and that you have to find balance. TV can really take a bad rap sometimes, but not only do I see some good in the content that I can consume, the actual watching and time spent doing so has it’s benefits.
An Easy Group Activity
With three grade school aged daughters, it can get hectic and expensive to entertain them and spend time with them. We don’t believe in using the television as a digital babysitter, but we do enjoy watching shows with them and being a part of their discovery of the world. It helps us grade the shows they watch and oftentimes we find ourselves enjoying their shows and movies as much as they do.
It’s also a fun thing to do with friends. It’s tough to beat watching that hit Summer movie on premiere night or at home in high-def and geeking out with like minded friends.
Learning and Experiencing Vicariously
Even though you can’t believe everything you see on TV, There are a lot of emotions that can be felt by watching a documentary on how panda’s have to choose one baby to give up if they have twins, or a slapstick comedy with a romantic twist, or a secret agent diving out of a crashing airplane into the middle of nowhere. You would probably be amazed at just how much of your knowledge of the world comes from fiction alone, although dramatized to the hilt, I’m sure.
A Brain Vacation
This is probably the most important reason to me. After a long day of work, interacting with people, and working my brain muscles to utter exhaustion, there’s nothing like turning on the TV and letting my mind check out of reality. It’s probably as resetting for me as a nap. I can tell when I’ve let me mind run constantly, overclocking my processors, and watching a good movie with my husband, or catching up with the week’s DVR’d TV episodes is like doing a warm boot.
I especially love being in a cozy, dark theater, a friend or loved one by my side, and a bag of popcorn to munch on and just taking a little vacation from the outside world, immersing myself in loud surround sound and an engaging story.