ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A TV Guide for Social Gatherings

Updated on August 29, 2012

When holidays come our homes often teem with family, friends, and glee. If your house is like mine then television is part of the event more often as audio-visual noise to conversation and only casually viewed. At my house this intersecting of TV-as-noise and for viewing has produced tension in the past.

If the television is on, I feel that what's showing should appeal to everyone's social entertainment and not just one or two persons. Here is my TV guide for social gatherings. You may or may not be the host, but you will be able to give sound advice when you see the TV beginning to win over festivity. Start by asking these four questions.

Learning to Feel the Beat

Is it time for TV? Let's start with a basic theme. Social gatherings always have two correlating elements: rhythm and lifespan. Rhythm is beat—like a heartbeat—and in a gathering this becomes interest, fun, drama, and passion that derive from the group and activities. An occasion will have a short lifespan if rhythm is low. Although people may arrive with anticipation, much weighs on the activities chosen or available. Television is an easy source of entertainment and is usually going without notice. If you're hosting, however, you should understand how TV affects the plans you may have for the gathering.

Every medium produces a certain mood that raises or lowers rhythm. A party that quickly dies was never a party at all. So decide beforehand whether general TV viewing is what you want (and when you want it) or if a movie is the better option. Then, a board game may be more appropriate. And perhaps the television shouldn't be turned on, especially if people wish to relax or sleep.

Does TV interfere with your holiday gathering festivities?

See results

Exercise Decision-Making Authority

Is everyone satisfied with the choice? So general TV or a movie it is—what should the selection be? As host you have many possible options for getting this small undertaking accomplished but only two, in my opinion, that won't send this part of your social gathering into a tailspin. So poll the room for consensus or make the decision yourself. Too much option lowers rhythm, so a general formula appears: the larger the crowd the smaller the decision-making authority. You are the TV guide. Don't just hand over your party leader control!

Decide that whatever is viewed will be inclusive of everyone's interest, even though it might be impossible to satisfy everybody. But it's a gathering, after all, a time for sharing; compromise shouldn't be too difficult a thing, among family at least, right? Wrong! We all have those special persons in our clans with the foregone conclusion that everybody-and-grandma is watching football or basketball in succession until games are completely off-air. This is unfair to others—usually the majority—and those ones should find a TV set elsewhere if their event cannot wait. Whatever the selection is, it should be considerate of everyone and appropriately tasteful.

Life of the Party

Is the time festive? The ultimate gathered experience is unquestionably communicative and cheerful. Being together should be fun and when it is—you guessed it!—lifespan increases. During Thanksgiving and Christmas over the past few years my family has enjoyed food, fellowship, and games for two and three days following the holiday itself. How do you keep this level of atmosphere among people who actually want to hear what's on TV when television is the subject?

I am one these persons. I want to hear every word of anything I'm watching. I'm not such a Scrooge though to not understand that sometimes the fun is chitchatting about something seen on TV or in a movie. So the advice here is simple—speak only as necessary. Further, it's important to be quiet not just for hawkish people like me but also because we habitually talk through TV since it only ever serves as background noise to other daily activities and chores. This can be offensive when a program or movie really is the topic. And one last tip: keep the volume high enough for all to hear but low enough for private talk and fun.

Learning When to Transition

Is it time for something different? So the picture is over—what now? How's the rhythm of the party? Is it still high with signs of life or is it waning and people are tired and ready to leave? Maybe the rhythm is low but no one is ready to dash just yet? And just how long should this boat float? You have many things to consider, if you hadn't already. As TV guide you need to decide whether it's time for a new channel or movie. If it is follow the rules already given for the next program, and if it's time to turn off the set, don't hesitate! Your decision here—how you transition from one phase of your party to the next—is crucial. If you miss the beat (pardon the pun) your social gathering could suffer a premature end.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • ithabise profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael S. 

      7 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Thanks Maddie! I can imagine the shock of going from 'barely TV' to 'forever TV'! I like 'more intentional' a lot. I've decided on 'No TV' for now (true) and only use the Internet for viewing. I lived in Japan for a year without television, only reading books, and loved it. It adds so much time to your life and keeps your head clean. Besides, cable prices these days have gone to the moon!

    • Maddie Ruud profile image

      Maddie Ruud 

      7 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Great insights! I grew up in a household where TV viewing was extremely limited, and the TV was never "just on." It was quite an adjustment for me when I started dating someone whose parents left the darn thing on practically all the time! Luckily, I've moved on to be with someone who's more intentional about TV time.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)