Thread Tools Display Modes
Wanderer of Distant Stars
LadyShadow's Avatar
Member Since May 2012
Location: North Carolina, USA. Originally New York
Posts: 25,232 (SuperPoster!)
10.9k hugs
Question Jan 15, 2024 at 11:18 PM
I was just cruising around some empty spaces in this forum and thought I would address this issue.

I have always been addicted to TV and shows way before the internet. I didn't think it was an addiction, but I remember that every waking moment the TV was always on in my childhood and more into adulthood.

And as I got older BINGE watching became a thing? I thought anything one binges would be a bad thing? Thoughts on this?

Anybody else think they are addicted to TV?

Tales of Love, Motivation, and An Interesting Journey - Please Subscribe to my Website on WordPress:
Inspired Odyssey's Path to Wellness and Love
LadyShadow is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote

Nammu's Avatar
Member Since May 2010
Location: Some where between my inner mind and the solar system.
Posts: 72,350 (SuperPoster!)
54.4k hugs
Default Jan 15, 2024 at 11:29 PM
I donít see it as addiction. But the tv is normally running in the background. Since I donít have streaming I canít binge watch and really Iíve rarely watched more than two or three shows when they run them back to back. Mostly itís just background candy. I rarely have the sound on and use the movement to rest or refocus my eyes from my iPad or book. There are some shows I do want to see every episode of, but I donít stop living or do life altering behaviors just to insure that I see them.

ÖBeyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. Ö...
Desiderata Max Ehrmann

Nammu is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
Thanks for this!
Legendary Wise Elder
divine1966's Avatar
Member Since Dec 2014
Location: US
Posts: 22,620 (SuperPoster!)
1,283 hugs
Default Jan 17, 2024 at 02:25 PM
I think itís only addiction if it messes up with other aspects of your life. Like you are late to work daily because you have to finish a tv show. Or you donít get enough sleep because you watch tv all night. Otherwise itís just something you enjoy.

I donít like tv on unless I am physically sitting down for a movie. I like quiet. But I donít think itís any different than people having music in the background or listening to podcasts or radio or old records throughout the day. Tv is no different

Even though I donít like tv playing in the background if I donít watch it, I do watch quite a bit of tv. Mainly because thereís a lot of good tv lately.

Also my husband and I have very emotionally draining jobs. So watching a good tv show is a great way to relax.

Binge watching is fine too as long as it doesnít stop you from doing other things in life. Binging would be bad if you neglect important duties in order to binge tv show. But if not, who cares @LadyShadow
divine1966 is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Member Since Dec 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 10,258 (SuperPoster!)
1,879 hugs
Default Jan 17, 2024 at 03:47 PM
On the Sanity Score questionnaire they have (used to have?) on here, it asks how often you watch TV, use electronicsÖ and my response always got me a high score as too much with recommendations to use less for better mental health.

When I got together with my husband he always had the TV on. This was prior to internet. Once we had iPhones, he always had on both. Yes, he was able to function to do his daily work, but he was so engrossed in the media watching, he contributed nothing to our personal life. The best times we had were when we were on vacation, interacting personally, unplugged.

For me, it was not good to have to be constantly watching and listening to the TV he was using. I had to be in the same house with it, couldnít get away from it. Now that Iím without him, I only turn on the TV to watch the specific shows I like to watch. Yes, I watch TV all evening, but leave it off now during the day when I am home. I read books more in quiet, and just really enjoy not having to constantly hear him watching what he did.

It was often movies with lots of explosions going off.

He retired, and it was the pandemic. It was the two of us spending all our time together, not knowing what to do with ourselves. I was the only one who kept saying this wasnít healthy and suggesting we do other things, or I should do other things. But it was just something that pulled me down into depression and frustration with him for being resigned to this way of life. That is what he wanted.

I was too dependent, couldnít pull myself out and away while letting him sit there lost within himself and vacant to me. Without him here now, I have to take responsibility for my own actions. Thereís no one to blame but myself if I canít motivate.

Thatís my take on what happened that I do allege he has an addiction.

Plus it was so bad for our kids. They grew up with media and video games. They are addicts too. I could go on but donít want to go there or upset anybody.

"And don't say it hasn't been a little slice of heaven, 'cause it hasn't!"
. About Me--T
TishaBuv is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Hugs from:
Thanks for this!

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
addicted? sinking Addictions 2 Jun 08, 2016 12:48 PM
Addicted puzzclar Self Injury 4 Feb 11, 2013 11:32 PM
Addicted to pot Lizzie B Addictions 10 Feb 27, 2012 05:58 AM
Am I addicted? moonlightgirl Addictions 3 Apr 22, 2011 07:28 AM
I think I'm getting addicted to PC thelionkinglives Addictions 3 Apr 22, 2009 08:06 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:22 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® — Copyright © 2000 - 2024, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.


My Support Forums

My Support Forums is the online community that was originally begun as the Psych Central Forums in 2001. It now runs as an independent self-help support group community for mental health, personality, and psychological issues and is overseen by a group of dedicated, caring volunteers from around the world.


Helplines and Lifelines

The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.

Always consult your doctor or mental health professional before trying anything you read here.