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…
*DRUM FUCKING ROLL*
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?