I just realized how much time I spend watching DVDs. With the advent of Netflix and other online DVD rental services, it’s all too easy to get caught up in shows like 24 or Family Guy. I’ve always been consious about how much television I choose to watch: not lastly because I don’t have that much time, to sit and watch shows all day. In addition, television also bores me to tears most of the time; on the rare occasions that I do watch actual TV, I am always befuddled with the incredible stupidity of most commercials and many television shows. A lot of shows are nerve wracking to watch, and impossible to enjoy. So I’ve limited myself to the two shows that I mentioned, as well as “House. Naturally, I hate watching shows on TV, I don’t have that kind of discipline to be there at a certain time. I usually record my shows on the DVR and watch them whenever it’s convenient, usually at 3:00AM or some odd hour like that. It’s obviously easier to just rent the DVD and have it delivered to my door. The picture quality is far superior, and I don’t have to deal with commercials. Plus, I can watch it on my computer, if I want to, as well as save a backup copy for later viewing. I don’t monitor my computer time with as much scrutiny as I monitor my TV-watching. I don’t feel like hanging around on the computer is as much of a waste of time as watching television. And the interactive nature of the computer also keeps me engaged for much, much longer than the television ever could.
So, naturally many are concerned with computer addition, and before the advent of the Internet, a lot of people were also concerned with television addition, but that has been kind of overlooked since video games and the Internet are gaining ground in the entertainment market.
I think that, at least for me, DVDs (and now also Blue-Ray disks) are among the top time-wasters on my list. Unfortunately, I can get pretty much any show that I like on DVD. Even episodes that have just aired, I can download from BitTorrent. Of course this only perpetuates my addiction to this, especially for shows that are designed to be addictive, like 24.
I’m luck though, that I haven’t fallen victim to computer games, which, fortunately for me, don’t really capture my attention as much as other things. If I was into video games, god forbid, I would probably be building up a character in Everquest, Final Fantasy, or World of Warcraft, and then trying to sell it for a profit. I have a lot of friends who I don’t really talk to that much, and a lot has to do with the fact that they’ve escaped into this damn fantasy world. To each their own, I guess.