Movies are a great way to entertain Americans. But which one is more fun? The choice is watching a movie at home, or watching a movie at a theater? Each has its benefits and each has its faults. Everyone has their own personal opinion on this topic, but I do not care about everyone else; I care about my opinion.
There are numerous benefits to watching a movie at home. Most of my reasons are personal, but I feel as though they are shared by many. I love watching a movie at home because I can sprawl out on a couch. I think movie theater chairs are so uncomfortable and confined. I also love eating, so I can get up and go to the kitchen and go grab whatever I want for a reasonable price, the price I paid at the grocery store. Plus, while you're over in your kitchen getting food, you missed a part. Well you can go rewind it and see the part you missed, or before you go to the kitchen, you can pause the movie and when you come back, you can resume the movie. I also enjoy the fact of if you rent a movie or own the movie, you can watch it whenever you want. Personally, I believe there is nothing better than spreading yourself out on a couch, with a loved one, and a nice big bowl of popcorn, and watching a movie at night. It seems so relaxing.
Watching a movie at a movie theater is quite fun in itself as well. It is fun to have a night out on the town. People go to school and work all week to go out and go have fun on the weekend. Nobody wants to sit at home then. Couples everywhere seem to love the dinner and a movie date. They crowd cafes getting a bite to eat, and then go enjoy a movie. What is great about watching a movie at a theater is that the movie is new! You cannot rent it on DVD or VHS. You can sit in a large room, with a large amount of people, with this large T.V. and a large sound system. It all seems large, especially when you pay out the nose for tickets, only to have to hear a child screaming through the movie.
These are the choices faced by everyone these days. With the emergence of home theater technologies, no one wants to go out anymore.
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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?
Unwind alone after a long day at work.
You control the volume, rather than your friends.
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.Hear That?
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.Be Comfortable
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
Rest how you like when you view TV alone.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.The Funnies
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
No one comforts you when you are 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.Do You Prefer To Watch TV Alone Or With Someone Else? Related Articles about Television
A 25-year-old American recently set the Guinness World Record for most hours spent binge-watching television. He managed to make it to 94 hours before sleep deprivation inevitably caught up with him.
I recently pulled off my own major TV binge-watch. While it wasn’t as impressive as going for almost four days straight, I watched all seven seasons of Californication in just five days. That’s 84 episodes — almost 42 hours of TV. I basically spent more than a third of each day watching Netflix.
I might not have set any records, but I did learn a lot about the pros and cons of binge-watching television A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More .PRO: Get it Over With Quickly
One of the big advantages of binge-watching TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should You Choose? Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which Should You Choose? It has been years since we've compared heavy-hitting streaming services, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. And with changes in pricing, content, quality, and interface, we thought it was time to revisit the topic. Read More. is that you get it over and done with quickly.
If you’re working your way slowly through one of the many great original shows on Netflix 13 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2016 13 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2016 Netflix has released a lot of original content -- including House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, and Master of None -- but 2016 is slated to be Netflix's most exciting year yet. Read More it becomes all too easy to procrastinate. Try sitting down to write an article when the next episode of Daredevil is a single click away. It’s next to impossible.
Seven seasons in five days. That’s healthy, right? #BingingHard
— Harry Guinness (@HarryGuinness) April 14, 2016
By going all in you can, weirdly, be more productive. While I didn’t get a whole lot of work done while I was binge-watching Californication . I’m now back to my usual productive self How a Simple Pomodoro Timer Made My Life Better How a Simple Pomodoro Timer Made My Life Better The Pomodoro Technique is one of the simpler time management life hacks. Break through distractions with the help of 25-minute chunks and a timer. It could be a life-changing routine change if it suits you. Read More. Rather than being mildly distracted for a few weeks, I was completely distracted for just a few days.
My binge was pretty extreme by any measure that doesn’t set world records, but even if you don’t have the same level of flexibility with your time, the point still remains. TV shows can take over your life, so getting through one as quickly as possible minimizes the damage to your hygiene, social life, and productivity.CON: Less Emotional Highs
One of the big problems with binge-watching is that you don’t really get the chance to think about what has happened. As soon as one episode is over you’re on to the next.
Just over a week until Game of Thrones. Been avoiding watching trailers. #winning
— Harry Guinness (@HarryGuinness) April 14, 2016
A big part of the anticipation everyone was feeling for the latest season of Game of Thrones was that the last series ended on a massive cliffhanger — if you don’t know what happened, here’s how to avoid spoilers GoT Spoiled? How to Avoid Game of Thrones Spoilers GoT Spoiled? How to Avoid Game of Thrones Spoilers I managed to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers for the duration of Season 5. In doing so, I learned how to ensure the Internet doesn't ruin your favorite television show. Read More. As the show has now outpaced the books, even people like me who have been reading A Song of Ice and Fire for years don’t have a clue what’s going to happen next. For the last nine months there have been countless articles, online discussions, and water cooler arguments theorizing about what’s going to happen in the next season.
When you binge-watch a show these highs and lows just don’t hit you as hard. You’re onto the next episode before you can really process that “SPOILER has died” or “CHARACTER A and CHARACTER B finally got together.” There’s no anticipation.PRO: See the Small Things
When you’re watching dozens of episodes of a show back-to-back, you notice the small things. Minor characters that show up two seasons later, call backs to earlier episodes, running gags, and all the little changes that show a character is developing as a person.
The writers, directors, and actors spend years immersed in the shows they create. By the end, they have a near-encyclopedic knowledge of their work. In most shows, this means there are constant minor details that, if you’re only watching an episode a week, you’ll never catch. Being able to see the little things makes for a much more satisfying viewing experience.CON: Easy to Second-Screen
As cool as it is to see all the minor details that repeat between episodes and seasons, seeing the major ones can get irritating. Almost every TV show rehashes plot lines, overuses catchphrases, or just has a character who has an insufferably slow arc. You don’t notice these issues anywhere near as much when you’re watching a show on a weekly basis.
When you start to get annoyed by all the repetition, it’s all too easy to browse Twitter or Facebook on your smartphone. Even when you’re watching a brand new episode of your favorite show, second-screening is a real issue; when you’re a little fed up with Barney saying, “Legen — wait for it — dary”, you can spend more time on Reddit than actually watching the episode.PRO: It’s Great Fun
Let’s be honest, the main reason people binge-watch shows is that it’s awesome.
Curling up on the couch with a great series and some junk food is a killer way to spend a Saturday. You wouldn’t want to do it all the time but, for a couple of days, locking your door, eating takeaway and staring at a screen is great fun — although it might drive you slightly crazy I Stared at Screens for 48 Hours and Here's What Happened. I Stared at Screens for 48 Hours and Here's What Happened. I recently agreed to do something very stupid: subject myself to as much screen time as possible over the span of 48 hours. How did this experiment affect me? Read on to find out. Read More .CON: It Makes You Less Social
Binge-watching is an inherently anti-social activity. While you CAN do it with someone else, that involves coordinating schedules and all sorts of other hassle. One person normally caves and watches an episode without the other person, and a full-blown domestic dispute happens. It’s best to just go it alone.
If, like me, you get really caught up in a show, you’ll probably just avoid all social occasions until you’re done. If you live by yourself, it’s easy to go a few days where the only people you interact with drive a moped and have a Dominoes Pizza logo on their clothing.
Finally, you don’t get to talk about each new episode with your friends throughout the week. When Game of Thrones is on, my friends and I will dissect each new episode. And this makes the show more fun.
All of this combines to make binge-watching far less social than watching an episode a week as it’s broadcast.
On balance, binge-watching TV shows is worth doing from time-to-time. If you find that you’re never leaving the house, you should consider cancelling your Netflix subscription 7 Reasons You Should Avoid Subscribing to Netflix 7 Reasons You Should Avoid Subscribing to Netflix Just as there are pitfalls to cutting the cord, there are downsides to Netflix you might consider to be deal-breakers. So before you sign up to Netflix, take a moment to consider these imperfections. Read More to remedy that problem, but if you go into full hermit mode every couple of months, locking yourself away with a bag of sweets and a fast Internet connection, you’re not hurting anyone, least of all yourself. And you’re going to have a blast.
I don’t plan on trying to beat 94 hours, or even just binge-watching every season of another TV show for at least a little while. That last (and lost) weekend was awesome, but I won’t do it again too quickly. Binge-watching is great — but it does have its downsides.
Do you binge-watch television? What pros and cons have you discovered? Do you agree with my list of pros and cons? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Television occupies a tremendous amount of sensory "bandwidth", and tends to fill it with constantly-shifting input. Casinos and television both employ this principle to keep bettors/viewers "hooked" and focused on the activity that makes them money: making bets and watching commercials, respectively. Many people have observed that a group of people together in a room will converse, but conversation will generally stop quickly when a television is turned on.
Psychologically, this creates a tremendous drain; with a television on in the room -- even if you're not actively watching it -- it becomes measurably more difficult to focus on something else, or even to think coherently for an extended period. Excessive sensory stimulation also tends to increase frustration and irritability, as well as blood pressure.
When one turns the television off, one usually becomes more aware of environmental sounds, of the taste and texture of food, of other people who may be around.
There are some cons to eschewing television, but most of them are much less serious than most people would imagine, or else are readily remedied.
True: one tends to miss breaking news. But the nature of television is such that the majority of "breaking news" that is likely to hit the screen is none too likely to vital: a low-speed chase involving a white SUV driven by a celebrity on the other side of town; or a shooting that is already over and done (if it were meaningful to you would have heard the shots, or else someone would have called you to give you the sad news). It is virtually never anything you must or even can take action on immediately (in this sense, "breaking news" is more a marketing illusion than a real thing).
The exception might be emergency warnings, such as tornado warnings, but these are broadcast on radio as well as on television; are available online, with software existing to monitor for them and sound an alert; and are available through smartphone apps. Receiving them does not require television.
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Lets talk about the pros first:
Life's good without tv. I watch tv rarely. Also all you need to know and all that you seek to know is available in bundles on the internet. So go surf your soul out.
Now lets check the cons:
So these are some pros and cons as i know. Cheers.
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