So you’ve been watching a new show.
After all the hype from friends, colleagues and social media, you decided to give it a try.
Sunday afternoon binge watch has now turned into a daily occurrence.
I did the same recently with Stranger Things. I watched both seasons in 10 days, and it was worth every minute.
It’s great when it is worth it, but sadly, that isn’t always the case.
Remember Lost? Mid-noughties series about the survivors of a plane crash who were dropped on a mysterious island. There are flash backs and flash forwards and a whole lot of cliffhangers.
I loved it! Then I got to mid-season 3 (episode 62) and realised it was just not hitting the spot anymore. I wasn’t really enjoying it and I was confused over the plot.
The survivors had an inkling, but seemed no closer to finding their way off the island, but I had put in so much time watching, I felt like I should see it through.
I’ve started so I’ll finish.
These were the days when I watched each episode when it aired on ‘normal’ TV weekly, so if I missed an episode, I missed it. Period.
I made it to the end of season 3 and then made the brave decision to just. stop. watching.
I had spent 72 hours of my life watching the show. For around 15 of those hours, I wasn’t even enjoying it. 15 hours I’ll never get back.
Now this is still happening, people!
In conversations on the tube, at the gym (ok I don’t go the gym), in shops, I’ve heard people saying “but I’ve invested so much time in (insert once addictive show here), I should see it through.”
We want to get our moneys worth, or justify the time we have already spent.
We must remember that we are not tied into a TV show, or a computer game, or a film trilogy, or anything else. We can:
Back away and…
Enjoy those newly spared hours.