Pros And Cons Of Watching TV Alone
Television is an enjoyable way to relax for many people. Unwind after a hard day at work by picking up the remote control and sitting back on the couch. Television can be viewed alone or with a friend or family member. There are pros and cons to watching TV by yourself.
Do You Watch Television Alone?
The pros of viewing television alone include:
After a day spent working in a loud office, you may desire quiet time where the only sound that fills your ears is the sound coming from the television set. You control the sound through the television remote when you watch it alone.
Perhaps you have a headache. The only sound you desire is a lowered volume of the television as a way to ground yourself and give your eyes something on which to focus.
You may not want to be rude to your roommates by asking them to lower their voices, even though the you desire a relatively quiet environment that day.
Having other people around may intensify your headache and make you agitated. These worries are eliminated when you view TV alone.
The value of hearing all of the words being said on television can not be discounted in this pros and cons debate.
When you watch TV with other people, they may talk during the show. Perhaps they cough just at the moment the twist in the plot is revealed, or sneeze during your favourite moment in a re-run. You might miss hearing crucial dialogue due to the vocal interruptions. These issues do not occur when you watch television alone.
Viewing television alone is also a time to sit in the exact position you desire on the couch or on a chair. Lay out on the couch or sit with your legs curled up on the chair; a definite pro in the debate.
You have no reason to worry about your brother asking you to take your feet off the couch, as there is no one there but you and you alone. You also do not have to squeeze yourself over to the side of the couch to make room for somebody else to sit beside you.
You have the entire area to yourself. You rest comfortably when you sit alone in front of the TV.
Follow Your TV Show Comfortably
No Friends, Just You
Time To Think
Watching television alone is also a great time to nurture yourself.
You do not feel compelled to ask someone else what he or she wants to watch. You do not feel obligated to watch your best friend's show which you secretly find boring.
You have free reign over what you want to watch. You have time with yourself and with your thoughts. You are free to think without interruption.
You are creating time for yourself, which is "Me Time". Now that's a great argument for the pro side!
There are also cons to viewing television alone:
While time alone is sometimes desirable, there are also times you likely want company. You may become lonely sitting by yourself on the couch. Even if you do not talk to the person sitting next to you, being in the presence of another person can in itself be reassuring to you. Isolation needs to be balanced with companionship. Loneliness is a con in the argument here.
When you watch a comedy TV show, have you ever laughed out loud while you were sitting alone? You are less likely to laugh out loud if you are alone than if you are with someone else. For example, you may think it is silly to laugh alone.
Perhaps your friend has an unusual laugh or snorts when she giggles. You may start to laugh because of the sound of your friend's laugh or because he or she finds a joke funny. Laughing together is a great way to bond with another person. When you follow a television show together, the bonding may occur.
Television Can Be Boring To Watch Alone
Anther con to watching television alone is that the activity may become boring.
Perhaps there is nothing of interest on TV or there are a lot of reruns that you do not desire watching for the third time.
You may also be wanting to engage with someone in conversation about the TV program you are watching right now.
The commercials appear and you have no one to ask, "Hey, what was the significance of the doll in that last scene?" or "Who do you think pulled the trigger?"
There is not another person to ask for clarification or to chat with about the show. A limitation to watching television alone exists here.
Scared and Alone
The Scary Times
Watching TV alone may become a negative experience if you are watching a scary show. Perhaps the gory scenes leave you feeling uneasy and you want someone to hide behind. Perhaps you want a hug or you just want someone to say, "Everything is okay." You want reassurance.
When you sit alone in front of the television screen, there is not someone beside you to calm you down.
You are left to your own thoughts, which may be haunted by the vision of the bloody hand you just saw on your HDTV. Here is a definite con to viewing television on your own.
Pros and Cons
There are pros and cons to watching television alone. While some days you may enjoy sitting with a group of friends, other days may be best suited for viewing the shows on your own. Enjoy your quiet time when it is available and treasure your TV-related conversations with friends. Pop some popcorn as well; you deserve a snack while you relax on the couch.
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