I get upset at how much TV my family watches

March 6, 2015 About Me, Discussion 16

I’ve come to realize I am a hypocrite.

I wrote a post awhile back about how some tv watchers test me like a leper because of the fact that I barely watch tv, when I realized based on the many conversations that I’ve had with my sister via facetime video  chat that I’m totally a judgmental hypocrite because I get all snooty at the amount of TV my husband, sister and Father watch.

But I can’t help it!!!

Just today I was talking to my sister Richelle about, jeez you watch too much TV when I know for a fact she reads plenty and she is actually way more productive of a person all around then I am. She is always so motivated to do things and I am so unabashedly lazy with everything except reading, blogging, and my husband and son and sometimes my arts/crafts. I wish I had half the gusto she has. But I can’t help this insanely annoyed almost angry even reaction I get when I see my husband or her or my Dad watching TV!

I can’t usually go a day without reading and I just have to accept that for non readers it’s TV they don’t go a day without. Fair is fair. (This is totally prompting me to write another post now as well on whether readers are a dying breed!)

Ultimately I can’t fault them for watching TV, it’s an entertainment hobby just like my reading is an entertainment hobby. But I instantly have this gut thought of “oh they could be doing something better with their time, like reading a book.” Lol so that is exactly how I’m a hypocrite because I know non book readers probably think something similar of me.

Tell me, tell me, you must…are you a hypocrite too!?

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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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16 Responses to “I get upset at how much TV my family watches”

  1. Nathan (@reviewbarn)

    Hell I get annoyed at how much TV the neighbor watches. Only because we will get the kids together to play and and their little boy starts begging for a show. Luckily, said boys mother thinks we are good influence and says no to shows while playing.
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  2. Kel @ Booked til Tuesday

    While I certainly wish more people loved reading, I can’t hold the TV watching against them. I watch quite a bit myself, in part because I love storytelling in visual mediums along with books. I do admit to being a bit of a snob about certain “trashy” reality TV shows. But I’ve watched my fair share of HGTV renovation shows, which are technically reality TV?
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  3. Shawna

    The difference between reading as a hobby and TV as a hobby is that it has been proven TV is actually bad for you. It causes the brain to go passive. I could say more on the susceptibility of mind control, but won’t.

    I get annoyed by people who watch too much because it’s all they talk about. They cannot discuss anything except the shows they watch, and since I barely watch anything at all, I have NO idea what they are talking about. Since I am out of the loop, they feel the need to clue me in on EVERY back story, and guess what? I don’t give a crap! Ugh! So, I can’t really hang with TV watchers.

    We have two TV’s in my house, but we mostly use them for gaming or a movie. My daughter watched about 15 minutes worth of the Sprout channel last night, and it was the first time she has watched TV since Christmas,

    Which brings me to kids. I just bugs me to no end how much TV people let their kids watch! With what we know about how bad it is for brain activity, little kids shouldn’t be exposed to it. It also bothers me when kids come over and all they want to do is watch a movie. They have no imagination. No sense of creativity. It’s actually beneficial for kids to be bored, believe it, or not. It makes them inventive. They need to be bored sometimes, and they need to not use the TV to fill that need. They will resort to other forms of play, like, dressing up, or pretending to run a restaurant, or maybe they will fill the sink with soap and bathe their toys—whatever.

    So, no, I am not a hypocrite when it comes to TV. I watch six shows PER YEAR, and they are not on at the same time of year, so I am still tuning in for something once a week (Mad Men is coming), but the rest of the week, no, we’re not glued to anything. We are gaming, or we are enjoying music, or doing other things.

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      We are in total agreement on the TV shows! I only watch three that I can think of. big Bamg Theory, Faceoff because I love the Makeup and Grimm and I’m woefully behind on Bang and Grimm because I would almost always prefer to pick up a book instead and Grimm can’t be watched with the little one anyhow.

      I agree kids need to get bored to find ways to entertain the,selves, or by goodness play with your kids!! Tho now that I have two and I am still recovering I admit the TV has been on more, or the toddler has been playing his games on the iPad. But at least they are educational.

      I need sleep! And jeez I wish my husband liked to cook cause I am living on takeout since I’m too tired and beat to cook and clean. It feels harder this time probably because there is two kids.

  4. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I went years watching gobs of TV. Then started reading in all my spare time watching nothing but 1 hour of TV a week when GoT was on, and usually less than that when its not (which is most of the time). So I feel like I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. I’m still much more of a reader than a watcher but I do typically watch more than 1 hour of TV a week now. It can vary. Honestly, since I’ve been across the board myself, I can’t judge anyone for their own choices.
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  5. Celine

    Such an interesting topic! I truly believe that reading, watching TV, and gaming are all valid ways to spend ones time with. I once had this class about narrativity, which really opened my eyes to the processes in your brain when you read/watch/play a story, and that honestly, it’s all the same. So although I wish my boyfriend would read more, I don’t think he’s wasting his time playing video games at all.

    There seems to be this common notion amongst readers that reading a book is somehow better than doing other things – but truly, it’s not like a chicklit is making you smarter than watching a soap opera does.
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  6. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I hate watching TV…I hate being in a room where all people are doing is watching TV. It’s boring and it just looks like they’re doing absolutely nothing, lol. However, despite my incredibly adverse reaction to it I suppose it’s still a valid way to spend an evening. I read every day and then I also spend a lot of time gaming, which others in my family find to be a waste of time…so I suppose it just depends on the person.
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  7. Lynn

    I’ve never been a massive tv watcher and now that I blog as well as read that’s reduced quite a lot – well, virtually to zero. What I tend to do is watch films – which I love and, if I see a series I fancy I’ll buy like the whole lot in one go and watch it in some massive type geek fest tv-athon. It’s good like that – no waiting a week in-between, no missing a show because you forgot the channel or the time – and that happens when you have other commitments (like children!). So, I pretty much never watch scheduled tv but I do a catch up sometimes.
    Lynn 😀
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  8. Brigid

    What I’ve discovered about the blogging community is that we love stories in many forms, and that includes tv and movies. I don’t technically watch tv since I don’t have cable, but I do binge watch shows on netflix, youtube, and dvds I own. It depends on my mood. So…..yeah. I guess not every reader is like that though.

  9. Claudia {Sparrowhawk}

    Great post Tabitha! I want to say that when my little ones were much younger ― well, they still are, but when they were in their toddler years, yes, they did watch a great deal of television (sigh).

    However, as they are now between the ages of 8-11, their addiction has shifted towards video games! They really enjoy playing Minecraft and all the Lego video games. I do feel I have to monitor this as they can easily waste 2 hours like that (snaps).

    Even so, don’t be so hard on yourself. I think that as long as we are aware, and make every effort to try and sneak in some healthy habits, all is grand 🙂 I tell my kiddos that if they want to play a video game, they first have to spend 1 hour outside and 1 hour reading and give me an oral summary of what they read 😛
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  10. Elizabeth

    I watch more TV than I read, but that’s because I have retired and have the TV on for company all day. I read at least 2 hours a day, and truly watch and care about 2 hours of TV a day, so I think I’m pretty balanced.