I watch a lot of TV, tightroping the threshold of TOO much TV. With its inherent cliffhangers and fantastic ability to strike up relatively heated conversation at the chillest of water-coolers, how can we resist the want for more? Which show to begin next is always the most important question asked at this pivotal moment in every television junkie’s cycle.
Starting a new series is always awkward, kind of like being the new kid in school that wants to like everyone he meets- which we all know is impossible. I always feel locked into a TV show. Whether good or bad, it’s always addicting. Hell, I’ve gone on an Air Alaska binge. It’s just like that train wreck that you want to look away from but you just can’t. It’s too much of a spectacle to miss out on. It’s the guilt factor that gets you, and you want to see what happens after the cliffhanger.
Once you finish that show, then there’s a new show, then there’s another show, and another, and it’s a big heaping, revolving timeline of “new show”. Could it be that these shows are consuming all of our “free” time? Asking this is equivalent to asking whether the 1st semester freshman taking 18 credit hours will have a social life. It’s simply impossible to watch EVERYTHING. But the excess dopamine levels running your brain and that cathartic raising of the remote, as if it’s a long lost appendage, tell you that it is… it IS possible.
Our culture has become super-saturated with media consumption in recent years. We just can’t get enough. Lives in this brave, new world are so busy that we no longer have time to travel to a theater, pay and go watch a two hour movie anymore. So we sit down after work, and flip the TV to Honey Boo Boo… and the sad thing is, it’s on our DVR list.
We were always told that watching too much TV would turn our brains to custard. I can attest to the fact that this is true.
Hello world, my name is Michael Vargas, and I’m addicted to television.
By Michael Vargas