Why do some TV watchers make me feel like a Leper?

October 18, 2014 About Me, Discussion 23

Tell me this hasn’t happened to some of you, my fellow ravenous readers. You’re having a conversation with some friends or some coworkers, or just family – really WHOEVER…usually it’s anybody that isn’t a big time reader. And they throw out there some TV show or movie reference and then when you say you haven’t watched it they essentially make a face, or some not quite on the snide side comment and make you feel like you are completely out of the know, essentially like some sort of leper because you haven’t seen this show, that EVERYONE is watching. They carry on to insist that your time is better spent watching this show and continues to either gently or not so gently berate you because you don’t watch enough TV. Sound familiar?!

So I googled that just now “How much TV the average American watched” – and the internet spits back at me…


Americans over the age of 2years old watch 34 hours of TV a week. Is that correct? I don’t know – the internet says so and we all know the internet is always right *wink* Ok so it might not be accurate but BUT BUT! I say – it probably hits pretty damn close to the mark.

How insane is that – even if it were just 20 hours a week that is a lot of gosh dang TV watching. Do I spend that much time reading each week? Probably, maybe, possibly – There might be a good change that I do. I have no idea – lets do a quick tabulation…calculation…estimation….doodles some numbers and figures on a paper…

Now that I have a toddler…and this estimation is on the IF I’M FREAKING LUCKY SIDE and includes, work breaks, lunch breaks, driving time (audio), time spent waiting in lines, minutes snatched before the kid gets home, listening while cooking or cleaning, and maybe two hours before I pass out before bed each night (more before I came down with this current bout of pregnancy) and the big handful of hours I can catch on the weekends when the Man and Toddler take their nap and if I get to squirrel away a few hours of free time by myself.

All added up I MAYBE get 15 to max 20 hours each week (more if I’m really insistent and sneak it every minute possible.)

Given how busy life is I can’t imagine spending all of that time watching TV instead. Which is probably the same way someone who prefers watching TV probably thinks about reading. Everyone prefers their own form of entertainment. Who am I to judge if someone likes to digest their stories visually instead of mentally. To each their own I say!

So please don’t treat me like I’m some kind of FREAKING FREAK just because I don’t watch Tv.

Ok that’s a lie – I do watch TV. Each Tuesday night I watch FaceOff on the Syfy channel and once I month I binge watch about 3 episodes in a row of DVR’d Big Bang Theory and occasionally on my break instead of reading my book I’ll watch a 15-20 minute long episode of whatever anime series I’m into at the time. So I totally do watch TV. I’ll even Netflix, Crunchyroll, or Amazon Instant Video stream binge watch a TV or anime series on occassion (though I can’t remember the last show versus an anime that I watched – oh wait yes Supernatural and I got bored by season 4 and gave up. I do like Grimm and save those episodes up and watch them all at the end of each season)

Righty oh there see, I can see the appeal! I can drink the kool-aid and I frequently do when I go on an anime binge. So, I got your Huckleberry right here sweetheart. But my drug of choice is still the written word. So don’t pour piss and vinegar into my cheerios because I haven’t watched Breaking Bad and don’t get Sons of Anarchy references, and because I’m not all caught up on Game of Thrones and prefer to wait until all the books are finished.

In the words of the crazed and loony Stark from Farscape. My Side, Your side, My side, Your side *cackles madly*

This insanely bitchy and mouthy rant brought to you by my extremely over active pregnancy hormones. Not targeted at anyone specific just years worth of such chance social encounters that happened to explode at just this exact moment. Now I need a cookie. I’m not an anger ball I swear!!! ….its the hormones?

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Tabitha (Pabkins)

When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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23 Responses to “Why do some TV watchers make me feel like a Leper?”

  1. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    YOU HAVE A TODDLER AND YOU MANAGE TO READ AT ALL?!! You have superpowers. My older sister has two kids under 4yrs and even when I babysit them 2 days a week, she still doesn’t have much time to squeeze in reading (which she always tells me about when I’m saying how many books I’ve read this year…hehe…but I have to tease. We’re sisters). I don’t watch a whole lot of tv. I like a few shows and I watch them online when I have time, but there are books to read! Places to go! Excitement to happen! We can’t be expected to read all the things and watch all the things…and, like, eat and sleep, right?
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  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Thank goodness for my DVR because I hardly ever catch shows whenever they’re on, especially when they are on prime time because that’s when I’m busiest with dinner or post-dinner clean up and just generally picking up after my family. Thank goodness at any given time I probably follow a total of about 1-2 shows, which amounts up to about less than 2 hours a week watching TV so I probably even watch less than you (go ahead and let your judgmental friends and co-workers know that and watch their heads explode). My husband and I have even just thought about getting rid of cable all together and just relying on streaming services.
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  3. Melanie Simmons (@mlsimmons)

    I do watch some TV, but not as much as most people. People are always talking about shows that they love and I’ve not watched it. I have my shows and I always DVR so I can fastforward through commercials and get through the show quicker, which equals more reading time. Most of the stuff I watch is in the same genre that I read, so paranormal, suspense and I watch almost all the adult cartoons that are out there.
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  4. Nathan (@reviewbarn)

    Without DVR I would get no TV watching at all; ironic that we also use it to slowly catch up on Big Bang. I also have Deadwood on DVD, trying to catch up on a show five years off the air.

    My TV watching goes up due to sports, but keeping up with shows has proven to be too hard. I’m not against TV, I just can’t keep up.

  5. Tammy @ Books, Bones and Buffy

    Agreed, the DVR is a lifesaver. I only watch two shows religiously, Bones and Castle, and I always watch them on the weekend. People who are able to watch TV every day are either a) not readers b) don’t have jobs or c) don’t have kids. Your rant is perfectly fine, even if you weren’t pregnant!

  6. Anne @ Lovely Literature

    Hahaha, I’m laughing hard at this because I have been there. I immediately thought of Breaking Bad because gawd did you get terrible looks if you admitted you didn’t watch it or, gasp, didn’t enjoy it. I love binge watching series on Netflix, (and face off is awesome) but most of the spare time is reading. It’s just so backwards to me that people judge you for reading, a task that requires brain power and is good for your smarts!
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  7. Joy (Joyousreads)

    I do feel like an outsider sometimes; especially when everyone talks about Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and more recently, Outlander. I feel guilty when I’m sitting there watching tv when I have shelves full of books to read.

    The only time I religiously watch TV is during the NFL season (which is now).
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  8. Molly Mortensen

    I watch quite a bit of tv, but I don’t watch the shows ‘everyone’ is watching and I’d never berate someone for not linking something I do. I’m sorry that happens to you. Feel free to rant. I don’t have a clue how much I read on average, right now not a lot. I like Supernatural and Grimm. (and anime, but I haven’t watched any for a while.) I can’t bring myself to try Game of Thrones either. I just want book 6!! *Here’s your cookie* 🙂
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  9. Mary @ BookSwarm

    LOVE THIS!! Now, I have to admit, I’ve been a pretty serious TV addict since college. I blame my roomies including the ones after college, who helped me along with that habit. HOWEVER, I’ve come to realize that I keep it on more for the noise these days, “watching” the same shows over and over (Castle’s in heavy rotation). When I actually watch a show, it’s while on the treadmill or via DVR.

    How in the world do you get reading done with a toddler running about? I’m so impressed.
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  10. Finley Jayne

    Great post topic! We don’t have a tv hooked up, so that limits my tv time quite a bit, lol. But we do watch an occasional movie and then we’re watching Hell on Wheels online right now 🙂 Sooo, my tv show/movie time is maybe 2-3 hours a week? And then reading time is approximately 10-14 hours a week?
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  11. Manda

    Hahaha I feel you!

    I don’t watch TV AT ALL! My situation is probably different because I live in Indonesia, and we don’t have the same shows as you do unless we have cable. Most of our TV programmes are India day-time shows, K-Drama, or Indonesian dramas sooooo crappy they’d make soap operas look like a masterpiece.

    Virtually everyone watches everything, except me. I don’t even know the name of actors/actresses, and so when everyone’s gossiping at the office, mentioning so-and-so recently getting married to this guy… I’m just nodding my head, going along with it while feeling like the biggest idiot on the planet.

    But hey, I know what’s going on in the Middle East so I’ve got that going for me…..
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  12. Kel @ Booked til Tuesday

    Pregnancy hormones are always a valid excuse, right? 😉

    I know I tend to watch too much TV/Netflix, but I don’t really follow too many shows. And when people ask me why I haven’t seen xyz show, my answer is usually, “I haven’t seen that yet, but I might give it a try.” Of course, I’m usually thinking, “It didn’t interest me. If it did, I would have watched it already.” Yep, horrible person. 🙂
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  13. Kirsty-Marie

    Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy references, and Game of Thrones? Haven’t watched them. Don’t plan to either, well, maybe Breaking Bad. So I don’t watch what everyone’s watching. I like Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars (it’s so bad but it’s like crack) NCIS LA, Revenge. I wait until the seasons finished too, and then binge read them. I tried Grimm, watched the first half a season I think and then gave up on it. 🙁 Blame the pregnancy hormones. 😉
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  14. Annie

    All three of those shows you named… I watch none of them. And I worked in tv where EVERYONE watched ALL of them. Sitting at the table outside at lunch and they’re all gushing over the Walking Dead and what happened last night…

    Don’t get me wrong, I watched a lot of tv. Just none of the those. And a lot of shows my coworkers didn’t watch.

    But the cool thing was, though they didn’t understand it at all, everyone respected it and respected me and as soon as I admitted I didn’t watch those shows they didn’t try to convince me I should and I was perfectly content being left out of the conversation. Though, I did pick up on enough that I could fake having watched them if I really tried 🙂
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  15. La Coccinelle

    I watch TV, but I don’t have access to all those specialty channels or Netflix, so I haven’t seen things like Game of Thrones or Orange is the New Black or even the full series of True Blood. What bugs me is that I do want to watch these shows one day… but people can’t seem to resist throwing out spoilers. I sometimes feel like saying, “Just because you’ve seen it doesn’t mean everyone else has!”
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  16. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I completely agree! I watch maybe 6 hours of tv a week, and that’s a high number for me. I can’t stand tv any more, so most of the time it just stay off but occasionally I’ll turn it on for things like Face Off, Project Runaway, Korra, or Walking Dead.

    I rarely binge watch shows on Netflix, hell I don’t even watch movies unless they fall into the ‘geek’ territory like the Marvel movies or book movies. I’m very picky about what I watch so most of the time I just don’t get into what everyone is talking about.

    People don’t even talk to me about tv and movies anymore because they just assume I haven’t watched it, and i’m totally okay with that. 😛
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  17. Danya @ Fine Print

    People like this always shock me. Yes, there *are* in fact people who don’t do the exact same thing as you. You think it’s weird that I don’t watch Scandal? Well, you’ve still not read the Harry Potter series so who’s REALLY failing at pop culture?! I agree with you though Tabitha, everyone has their own entertainment outlet and that’s cool. Just don’t talk smack about mine!
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  18. Wendleness

    Does youtube count as TV? If it does, I watch maybe 3 or 4 hours a week. 1.5 hours if you don’t include youtube.

    I don’t actually own a TV, and am more than happy and self-assured with that. Therefore, anyone trying to make me feel self-conscious about not watching this or that programme will fail miserably. I find it really helps if you don’t give a crap 😉
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  19. Joséphine @ Word Revel

    I was just thinking about this today! I was reading and then the thought hit me that I haven’t watched a single TV show over the past two months. I wondered how many hours other readers spend watching TV and how they manage to watch so much and read so much all in a week. Then I came across your post today and am relieved to see that I’m not the only one who wonders how people can get in so many hours of TV per week. Lol. Though I do think I must’ve reached 20+ hours in my final year of uni. I stayed in single room at my dorm and would just play one episode after the other while I did other things, just so I wouldn’t feel alone.
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