For the first time, in quite possibly years, I did not watch tv for a full 72 hours straight. My mom moved into her new house, and did not have cable until Monday. I hated it.
I felt like I was in a state of utter withdrawal and boredom, to the point where I did not even know how to entertain myself. I didn’t think ahead and bring a book or an adequate amount of schoolwork. I resorted to watching old movies I have saved on a hard drive to fall asleep.
It was pathetic how much I needed stimulation from an external source. I think it’s a resource deficiency.
I have a serious tv habit, but I’m not sure I’m upset about it. I just think I need to figure out a way to be okay with not watching tv for a while. Like do a juice cleanse for television. Cleanse my television palette with a book on evolution or something. I don’t know.
I think my need for a stimulus, a thought stimulus anyway, stems from a need to constantly be thinking and analyzing the world around me. The television is a stimulus that does not require substantial thought, and therefore is a break from my normal analytical behavior.
It sounds ridiculous; I should be able to turn my brain off, and yet, here I am. Brain on, firing on all cylinders.
I read a New York Times article which talks about television addiction to television and what watching tv does to the brain. I think it’s a dumb article, to be honest, but the stimulus is addicting.
Addiction is like a buzzword for things that are bad. People are addicted to a hell of a lot more than drugs now. Addiction to coffee, sex, exercising, food, sleep, and everything in between.
I don’t see a real issue with watching television to get a person like me to shut their brain up for an hour or so. The same logic applies to how I don’t see an issue in people turning to the afore mentioned things to alleviate some of their struggle (everything in moderation).