Confessions of a Binge TV Watcher

 Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.

— Gretchin Rubin, Get Up. Get Out. Don’t Sit. —

TV can be great, but it can also be a bit addictive and a waste of valuable time.  I was talking to a few friends over the weekend, and we were talking about  how we all have goals to watch less TV and spend more time reading or doing other things. Since the invention of Netflix and Hulu, I am ashamed to say that I spend way too much time watching TV shows. When I find a show I like, I will binge watch it until the end and will not be able to stop until I complete all 9 seasons or however many there are. Then when it’s over, I start over again with a new show. That has been sort of of an addiction since working from home. I found it much easier and convenient to watch TV than read when I’m home with baby. TV doesn’t require my devoted attention-it can always be played in the background while I’m cooking or changing diapers, or grading. Once the kids go to bed, and I happen not to have any work for that day, it would be “mommy time”. But mommy time used to be spent in front of a book or writing. Now mommy time had turned into binge watching a TV Show. Everyday, I’d tell myself,

“Ok tomorrow, no Hulu or Netflix. I will read or go write.”

But then I’d find myself binge watching again! Freaking Desperate Housewives , The People vs. OJ Simpson, American Crime…  I mean they are really good shows, but every morning, I’d wake up wishing I had spent my time doing something more productive.

I think I’ve had enough…

Remember that goal of spending more time writing and reading books?

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.– (Psalm 90:12)

Yes, now is the time to turn off Hulu/Netflix, and spend more time doing those things that were once your escape.


And instead of reaching for your phone first thing in the morning to check your social network, reach for a book or journal instead. Don’t let 2017 be like the previous years.  When did TV become such an addiction? I know addiction sounds rather strong, but at the end of the day, that’s exactly what it’s called. There is a fine line between enjoying a TV show vs binge watching. Being that I work from home, it can be hard not to have the TV on all day , but it is important to recognize when you are heading down the wrong path,  and find new productive ways to change such a time wasting hobby.

From now, I hope to spend my days, reading, writing, and giving my full attention to my children when they are around instead of dividing my attention between Desperate Housewives (mom guilt/touché) and my boys.

You cannot manage or improve something until you measure it. Likewise, you can’t make the most of who you are – your talents and resources and capabilities – until you are aware of and accountable for your actions.

From The Compound Effect — Darren Hardy —

So I’m challenging myself: after I am done working, instead of spending my Mommy Time on the couch watching Desperate Housewives, I will spend more of my time reading.   For my book lovers, you understand that reading is more imaginative than TV. With reading, you are the one creating the visuals in your head, while TV does it for you. Therefore, you are using your brain a lot more by reading than watching TV. Of course, I will still watch my favorite shows (hence, Scandal), but the less, the better.

It is time to revert back to this BookNerd Deb. Quite frankly, I like her much better.