Why I Don’t Watch TV

Posted May 21st, 2012 by in Discussions / 11 comments

I promise this isn’t a rant on people who watch TV. I promise! 🙂 Really it’s more of a rant on reality TV which seems to have taken over our TVs.

A month or so ago a co-worker was talking to me about a show on TLC about addiction. It’s called Strange Addictions…or something like that. What had her all worked up was a person who drank their own urine. Apparently they have quite a collection of strange addictions that they showcase. It’s TV shows like these that make me so happy to be a big reader.

I don’t watch much TV. I will occasionally watch a show and there are a few that I watch religiously. It really concerns me that as a nation we have shows like The Bachelor, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Strange Addictions, Hoarders, the list goes on and on really. I personally cannot watch these shows. Really it comes down to two categories: shows that make you feel better about yourself and shows that make you wish it were you on TV. Maybe I’m missing something and these shows do have merit. I’ll admit I’ve never watched most of them. Shows like The Bachelor and Keeping Up with Kardashians make me wonder why people want fame so bad. There is almost nothing in these shows that make you look good on film. In fact the participants in these two shows are almost never talked about in a good way.

I have actually seen Hoarders. I think I could only stomach the first three episodes. I have never seen Strange Addictions. I think shows like this start out with the intent of informing others about diseases that make others behave the way they do (or even just regular everyday people). In the end it becomes something of a train wreck and you can’t take your eyes away from the carnage.

Reality TV is extremely popular but also extremely distorted and I don’t know that much of it is “real.” It started out with some really good shows but any more if you do anything that a pinch of unnecessary drama can be added to you can have a show. It’s at times like these that make me so glad that I’m a reader. Books take you somewhere new, often have morals, characters you can really get behind and have so much more value to them. They don’t require electricity and you don’t have to keep a schedule. Books are easy. They are also extremely more valuable (to me anyway)! I’ll remember a book much longer than I will a TV episode.

To wrap things up on a happier note, there are TV shows that I do like! I love The Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and America’s Got Talent. I will watch Family Guy on Netflix.

Am I wrong? Are one of the shows I mentioned a show that you enjoy? What about you? Do you watch much TV? Are there shows you won’t miss? Are there shows that you think are a waste of on-air space? Let me know in the comments!



11 Responses to “Why I Don’t Watch TV”

  1. pragyasharma100

    I don't watch TV. Yes, it's been a while. I used to love watching TV, nothing particular, some cartoons, a movie, songs. But then I shifted to a hostel which didn't have TV and I was slogging at work for two whole years. So well. Once I was back home, the so-called addiction was gone and I was more hooked to books than ever. I started feeling that unless something very grand was coming on the TV, I would only be wasting precious time I could invest in reading books. So, now since almost 3-4 months now, I haven't switched on the telly, yes. And I have been home these months, doing nothing but sleeping, eating and reading books. However, if some really good movie comes on, probably I'll switch it on. Till than it's adios. Having said that, I do have episodes of How I met my mother in my laptop (yes, I still haven't seen that series), so if ever I feel like which is like once in 15 days or a month, I do end up seeing a hour of that.

    • OUAC_Stephanie

      Exactly! We don't have cable but we do have Netflix streaming. It's been a big money saver and neither my husband or myself feels like we are missing anything.

  2. @thegeekyblogger

    I am about to cancel cable so I am sort of on that train. I am not a fan of reality TV but I love scripted shows. Now though it is easier to watch them online than on TV. The only reality TV I watch is Investigation Discovery Channel. I love True Crime because it is so much more stranger than fiction.

    • OUAC_Stephanie

      We do Netflix streaming and had Hulu Plus for a while. Really I haven't missed it at all. True crime will suck me in faster than anything else. I am so fascinated. I LOVE 48 Hours (thank God we don't have cable or I'd never read!) and my husband hates it! Love me some of those shows!

      • OUAC_Stephanie

        Also, I blame my grandfather 100% for that addiction. He is probably worse on the true crime front. Got to love my grandparents. They taught me well!

  3. thejessiebelle

    Yeah I don't watch too much TV myself. On Sundays after work, I'll sit down and watch Family Guy and American Dad with my parents and sometimes that it. There's a few shows I record (Bones, Pretty Little Liars, Jessie, iCarly) but sometimes I forget about them and have to be reminded and I watch How I Met Your Mother online. Reality TV doesn't really do much for me. I've stopped even turning on the TV for background noise. There's rarely anything interesting on.

    • OUAC_Stephanie

      There is SO much junk reality TV out there. I hesitate to even call it reality. Like you I don't even use it as background noise anymore.

  4. Amanda

    Hoarders for me is like an accident. You don't want to look, but you are horribly fascinated by it all, and can't stop from looking.

    I'm not much of a fan of reality TV. Like Felicia, I do watch a lot of Investigation Discovery, but mostly when I have the TV on nowadays, it's to provide background noise for reading.

    • OUAC_Stephanie

      It was season one and there was a food hoarder. When I saw things with puffy lids (that shouldn't have puffy lids) coming out of that fridge/freezer I wanted to be ill. There was a gourd or pumpkin that was rotting on her floor. I mean it was black. She was saving it because the seeds were still good. *shudders* I couldn't do it after that.

      I can block out the TV when the hubs is watching it but sometimes it's nice to have background noise when you're the only one in the house.

  5. Alexa

    Omg I can't even watch Hoarders! I'm OCD about things going in certain places and to see that people think they need to keep a three year old used q-tip is just way too much for me to handle. Lol my family always notifies me when Hoarders is on because they know I will start cleaning if I watch any part of the show. 🙂

    I hate reality Tv shows, they have overtaken everything and therefore I hardly ever watch tv anymore.
    I guess it helps that I have a night job so when all the prime time shows are on I miss all of them because I'm at work. The only thing I watch religiously is my Supercross races for the indoor and outdoor seasons.

    • OUAC_Stephanie

      Yeah, I'm done with Hoarders. It was, as Amanda said, like watching an accident. I was done with the food hoarder though. I can't watch any of it now.

      I've gotten fed up with TV but ya know at this point it really isn't a loss. 😀

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