So I’m going to try a challenge this March.
One simple rule: no watching any TV shows.
Movies, books, video games, music, drawing, writing, chatting, and internet are fine. But no TV shows.
Because I’ve noticed I have a problem, and it’s past the point where it was fine/fun/ok and into something that I’m starting to recognize as a mix between being compulsive and feeding in to my ADHD.
Movies and books are ok because they require a mental investment in the immediate plot, because whatever is started in them is resolved in them, instead of in 5 to 10 episodes. They’re also somewhat more dense and force me to think (not always, but some; and not that tv shows don’t make you either, but it’s a much longer process a lot generall, like episodes worth). Video games are interactive, plus I rarely feel compulsed to play beyond when I’m done playing, whereas TV always has that “one more episode” push behind it for me. Music is good for me and helps me get in the mood to draw or write, and just surfing the internet by itself doesn’t have the same draw without TV shows to keep me half interested for hours beyond when I’m done.
It’s not forever, and I am certainly NOT judging anyone who spends a lot of time watching TV. We all have our own ways of unwinding and enjoying ourselves, and that’s awesome. But I just want to see how much I can get done if I stop dedicating 75% of my attention every day to TV shows playing in the background while I do almost nothing else either productive or interesting to me. We’ll see how it goes.
Anyone who wants to try it with me, feel free to do so and let me know how it goes :D I’ll be tagging my updates with #marchnoTVchallenge and tracking it just in case.
Wish me luck please. It’s really hard to ignore the allure of netflix infinite streaming @_@