I personally don’t watch television that much. One thing I do watch is Netflix.. The ease with which I can instantly watch a show is incredible. Old TV shows and old movies are available easily and instantly. I have known people that call out of work just to finish a season of their favorite TV show. Is it the ease with which they can have that at their fingertips or the actual content they are watching? To me though it is the content. It allows me to forget about the pressures of everyday life and just focus on what’s in front of me.
Nowadays cable and satellite companies allow viewers to record their favorite shows to avoid missing anything. It’s a neat invention but so many times, consumers record content and only end up watching a small portion of it later. This seems all too common with DVR’s. There is not enough time in the day to watch everything. I believe people see something in a commercial preview and want to be a part of that. They want to know what it’s about and how they can relate to that particular factual or fictional reality.
When big primetime events happen, everyone is talking about them the next day. Or they are also on social media talking about events that happened. It’s in human nature to want to be a part of what everyone is talking about. In order to do that, we need to know what everyone is talking about so we can contribute to the conversation. It is also because of this that people want to be a part of television in order to enhance their social status.
There is so much technology out there that has been invented to enhance our lives with entertainment. The main component of them all is the television. Anything you can see on your phone or tablet can be seen on the television. Anything you want to record is accessible through the television. People spend so much time in front of a TV. Many people view it as an addiction. I see how they can view it that way if those people let it consume their lives. I view it as an escape from the daily stresses of life.