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The Omnipresence of Television

I took a half day yesterday and ran a bunch of medical errands. Everything's fine, but I was overdue for a physical and getting my eyes checked. And the doctors confirmed everything is fine. In fact, my doctor commented that I have the blood pressure of a teenager. Thanks, running!

The most frustrating part of it for me was that both waiting rooms had televisions. The one in my GP's office was tuned to game shows. The one in my eye doctor's office ran ads for LASIK. It reminded me of how much I hated it when the airports installed them in the waiting areas. One of the few comforts of flying for me is that I have large swaths of time to devote to reading. And I cannot read with the television on. I thought that's what airport bars were for.

Am I the only one? Does everyone but me need the warm glow of TV all the time, like cavemen craved fire? Do we need that noise?

Nielsen says the average home has the TV on for about half the day. Really? Who has that much time to watch that much? I know my mother often kept the TV on just for background noise, and many people probably do that. But do we need that same background noise in doctors waiting rooms? Are we that adverse to quiet?

I'm not anti-television. I watched a lot when I was younger. I watch considerably less now, but there are times I want to unwind and not think too much and TV is perfect for that.

But I don't want it everywhere. Perhaps my librarian is showing, but I like quiet.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 8th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
The beauty of audiobooks is headphones! hahaha. I don't watch much tv but my husband loves it. If he is not home music is on and the TV is off. Smile.
Jun. 8th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
This is one of my biggest pet peeves, and I especially hate it in restaurants. It's as though people can't be expected to either think or interact with each other and they must have a TV on to pacify themselves at all times. We ate at a little sushi place on Preston not too long ago and we were seated right next to a TV that was loudly showing one of the Terminator movies. There's some appetizing dinnertime viewing!

I have a few shows I like to watch, and occasionally I like to just sit down and watch whatever crap shows are on. But I really resent the intrusion of TV into other parts of my life.
Jun. 8th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
I dislike TV in public places, too. I do often keep it on for company at home, but only on things I actually find comforting and pretty quiet, audio-wise. If I'm reading or sewing I have to turn it off, as I also can't read with the TV on.

Think Geek sells those secret remote controls that you can use to turn off/change the channel on public TVs. Might be worth investing in.. ;)
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