Binge TV “justification”
It all started when my middle daughter Sarah graduated from college and moved back home and my youngest, Elisabeth was going off to college. My maiden TV-binge was One Tree Hill (which is kind of ironic for those of you who know One Tree Hill and me).
When One Tree Hill originally aired on “regular” TV, the world of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime did not exists, or at least not to me. At the time of its airing, I actually had no interest in it at all, it was up there with Gilmore Girls, which I ended up binging on as well, thank you Sarah!
Typically I did not have time for such activities, and I’m sure I even looked down upon TV binging, but having Sarah back created this time when we reconnected and de-stressed. It actually was quite fun. Elisabeth joined us now and then, but she had better things to do at night than lounge with her sister and mother.
Now I have a complete empty nest. We relocated from the northeast to the southeast. I am no longer employed, so I do have time but I still have to “justify” binge TV viewing. My solution to this dilemma is being productive while viewing. It lessens the guilt. Grab your “junk” drawer, sewing basket ;), or a jumbled-up necklaces (that some how ended up entwined) and start to throw-out, clean-out and untangle. This allows you to actually accomplish something with some remote value and lessens the guilt, at least a little, while you binge watch your favorite TV show. And there are so many to great shows to see, especially on PBS. I highly recommend: Poldark, Call the Midwife and for some comic relief, Doc Martin. Please don’t think this is how I spend my days, but when you do get caught up in a show, maybe consider multitasking, which may be your inclination anyway.