Television* has a reputation for being an escapism tool. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little TV now and then, but sometimes it goes past that. We can watch and wrap ourselves into fictional identities. Invest ourselves into character’s lives and forget what’s going on in our own lives.
Periods in our lives that require the greatest self-reflection can then be put off to a distant point in time. Life is full of uncertainty and doubt – some periods more than others. But with enough distraction, problems can always wait for another day.
Are you feeling like all your responsibilities are piling up? Feeling alone? Feeling lost in life?
We can fill that void with things to give us a break from the constant thinking. The feelings of being alone and wondering “what next” can be terrifying.
Sometimes it feels like whenever you try and think through something, your brain turns and runs around in circles.
The feelings of isolation can be especially rough if your job is solitary or you live alone (and feel lonely) . It’s understandable why we run away. What you’re doing “isn’t good enough” or “all the options seem to have unsavory outcomes.” But you don’t have to worry about being “not good enough” or feeling alone when watching a movie. Your one task is to simply follow the storyline. You get a break from the self-doubt and limitless options.
Maybe the escape TV provides is beneficial during difficult periods?
Or maybe it’s damaging as it holds us over just long enough to prolong change?
Either way, watching a couple marathons is a temporary solution. Eventually we need to throw something, anything, on the board. This part is never is easy, but asking for help is always a good place to start.
*Feel free to replace TV with FB, instagram, reddit, etc.