We all go through that phase of being hopelessly in love with a certain kind of TV program. As soon as the show airs, our eyes fixate on the TV and most of us become TV junkies without even realizing. Soon it is not just about one TV show but the characters, narrative and even the plot. And the bad news is, by the time realization dawns on you, you’ve already spent thousands of hours watching ten TV shows. In my personal opinion, all of us think that it is a good way to escape from the redundant reality. In fact, I couldn’t agree more but have you ever wondered what is the true nature of television impact? I am sure you have several ways to define that impact but it is more likely that you’re already an addict. So, here are six signs that will help identify whether you’re a TV junkie or not.
You cancel all your plans to watch the next episode
Nothing stops you from canceling the most important plans of your life. Instead, you feel elated and pleasured to cancel an important plan, so that you don’t miss the next episode. For instance, you were planning on creating a digital resume for the jobs you want to apply for. But suddenly it dawned on you that the show airs today. So, instead of making the resume you end up watching the TV show. You see it is a sign of addiction because you are keeping your future on hold for a TV show. Although it is a good idea to stay at home and watch things that make you happy. However, you have to set your priorities straight and maintain a balance between leisure activities and your work life.
Your heart breaks when the show goes on hiatus
Let’s face it. We have all experienced the angst of being left with a cliffhanger. Most of us spend nights wondering what will happen in the next season. We start making up theories. All in all, it’s a continuous struggle and some people spend months thinking about the end of the episode. Instead, it becomes a routine in some people’s lives and they end up day-dreaming about the brilliantly written cliffhanger. In other words, this also means that you are a TV junkie and you have unconsciously entered the phase of TV addiction.
You use TV as an excuse to deal with problems
Nowadays, one in five people deals with mental health problems. They find several ways to keep them away from the potential threat of triggers. And no wonder TV is one of them. Interestingly, both categories of people – with mental health issues and without tend to use TV as a medium to escape from harsh realities. They often think that it is much easier to sit in front of a couch and stay distracted than to face the problem head-on. However, you are likely to get addicted to TV if you don’t find a better solution to your problems. So, instead of drowning your sorrows in the pool of entertainment, throw caution to the wind and learn to find a permanent solution. For instance, talking to a therapist or a counselor can work wonders for you.
Your social media contains comments and posts from your favorite shows
If you are constantly tweeting about your favorite character or sharing memes about the show, you are certainly addicted to that show. You need help and it is time to get off the TV or Netflix for that matter. Interestingly, even after the episode is over your mind is constantly wandering in the same direction. You are regularly focusing on the different aspects of the show and finding ways to indulge yourself in the show until the next episode arrives. As a result of this, you can’t help but make everything in your life about your favorite show. In my personal opinion, it is also indicative of the fact that you are addicted to watching the show.
You spend time watching TV in the wee hours of the night
Ask yourself a few questions. Is TV the reason behind sleepless nights? Are you constantly watching TV despite knowing that you have to wake up early in the morning? If yes, then my dear friend you are officially a TV junkie. Not only this but the addiction is disturbing your sleep cycle. Slowly and steadily you are becoming an insomniac. You see watching TV late at night harms the mind. The electric activity in your brain increases and you tend to bring about a change in behavioral patterns. Which, in turn, is not good for your mind and overall health. So, make sure you keep the distractions aside and focus on your sleep.
You have poor control over your will power
Many people are addicted to TV, Netflix and other sources of entertainment. And the sad part is that they have no control over their will power. Theoretically speaking, humans tend to spend more time watching TV than they intend to because they have poor control over their will power. They can spend hours watching one show and complain about the tasks left undone. This is a clear sign of addiction, very similar to the routine seen in drug addicts. You see even drug addicts have poor will power. They will give in to drugs easily and then end up facing several health issues. This is why you have to make sure that you keep yourself away from technology for at least a few hours a day.