TVs are often called “Home Entertainment Systems,” so why do you find them anything but entertaining?
For many people, watching TV is the highlight of their day, especially after hours of hard work or looking after children.
Watching TV is meant to be the perfect mix of amusement and leisure, so is something wrong with you if you find it utterly boring?
Why do you find watching TV boring? And what can you do to make watching TV more enjoyable?
Keep reading to find out!
- Is It Normal To Find Watching TV Boring?
- Why Do I Find Watching TV Boring?
- How Can I Make Watching TV More Fun?
- Wrapping Things Up
Is It Normal To Find Watching TV Boring?
Yes, it’s normal to find watching TV boring.
It’s completely normal to find such a classically mundane activity, like watching TV, boring after some time.
Don’t worry. You’re not “weird” or “unearthly” if you find TV boring.
In fact, more and more people are beginning to find TV boring.
Why Do I Find Watching TV Boring?
There are several reasons why you may find watching TV boring.
Let’s explore why you, and many others, find watching TV boring.
You’ve Become Accustomed to the Storylines
If you’re an avid TV watcher, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of the storylines on TV are essentially the same.
When you watch TV daily and see the same plots for each episode, you begin to recognize the patterns in the storyline and predict what will happen next.
Although this makes you feel quite clever at first, it can become boring as the once climactic scenes quickly become anticlimatic.
You may also become bored of the same old character archetypes. You’ve seen the gluttonous dad, dumb sister, and annoyed mom a million times, and you already know exactly what they’ll do and say.
You can even guess which characters will “surprisingly” turn on the others, making the moment far less entertaining.
You’re Having Difficulty Concentrating
Do you find that you spend the better part of a TV show scrolling through Instagram or TikTok? Or, perhaps, you end up zoning out and staring at a blank spot on your wall.
If these phrases sound like you, you’re probably struggling to concentrate on watching TV.
This could be because you have other issues on your mind, you’re overwhelmed and need to checkout for a while, or you’re mercilessly bored.
Ask yourself if you only have difficulty concentrating on the TV or if you struggle to focus on several aspects of your life.
If you find the latter is true, you may be burnt out, anxious, or struggling with depression.
Consider your daily routines. How do you feel about them? Do you actually find TV boring, or are you just stressed? Or do you find paying attention to most aspects of your life challenging?
You’ve Lost Interest in Your Show
Many Americans lose interest in shows halfway through the season, even if they found them interesting and invigorating in the first few episodes.
The characters may not develop quickly enough and you may find the major plot points dull and unremarkable.
Statically, women are more likely to stop watching a show they’ve lost interest in, while men are more likely to continue watching it, even if they find it boring.
Try changing the channel or watching a new show to see if something else sparks your interest.
If you’re binge-watching one show for a couple of weeks, take a little break to see what else is out there to watch.
You Spend Too Much Time Watching TV
We often become bored when we do the same thing for hours every day, and watching TV is no exception.
If you spend most of your weekend watching TV, you may need a change of scenery. Your mind could be understimulated and needs to be engaged in a new activity.
Watching TV isn’t a hobby, and although it might be relaxing (at first), it’s not always refreshing. This can leave you feeling lethargic, lifeless, and yes, bored.
How Can I Make Watching TV More Fun?
There are many ways you can make watching TV more fun!
If you’re bored while watching TV, then you’re probably understimulated. Luckily, there are things you can do at home to turn that sluggish TV-filled evening into a fun-filled night!
Let’s learn how you can entertain yourself when your TV fails to keep you captivated.
Watch TV in Small Increments
Committing to watching TV in smaller increments will make your TV time more exciting since you’ll look forward to it and must be selective about what you watch. This means you’ll be less likely to spend hours watching that show you hate but continue to watch anyway.
Researchers say that it’s best to keep your TV intake below three-and-a-half hours a day.
Not only will this make your TV shows seem more interesting, but it will also ensure your cognitive function isn’t stunted or decreased.
Bake or Cook
Instead of scrolling Instagram to see what your old high school friends are up to, try putting your hands to good use!
Play your favorite show in the background while cooking or baking. This will make the TV seem like a friend keeping you company while you’re baking cookies, rather than a constant reminder of how bored you are.
Are you not much of a cook or baker? Try watching cooking shows and taking notes! It will make your TV experience more interactive and you’ll have fun recreating what they made on TV.
Do Arts and Crafts
Watching TV for a long time can make you feel like you lost a lot of your creativity. To remind yourself of how inventive you are, try making some arts and crafts!
If you don’t know how to make anything, you can always head down to your local craft store to pick up the materials, then watch YouTube videos to learn along the way.
Just don’t beat yourself up if your creation doesn’t instantly look perfect. Art and crafts aren’t meant to be perfect. They’re meant to make you feel good. So do what feels right to you!
Watch TV with Other People
Watching TV alone can feel isolating, so why not call a friend, partner, or roommate into the room to join you in the fun.
You’ll be able to bounce ideas off one another about what you think will happen next and gossip about the characters on-screen.
Have a Spa Night
Bust out the facemasks and cucumber water. It’s spa night!
You deserve to treat yourself, so paint your nails, try a new skincare routine, and throw in a hair mask while you’re at it!
Turn on your favorite flic and you’re ready for some much-needed R and R.
Do Chores Around Your House
Is your home’s floor in need of a good sweeping? Do you have some mending you’ve been putting off?
Procrastinate no more!
You can be productive and watch TV by doing your household chores with your TV on.
They’ll keep your hands and mind busy enough to avoid boredom, but they won’t take so much of your attention that you can’t follow the plot.
Wrapping Things Up
The bad news is we’ve diagnosed you with chronic boredom. The good news is it’s completely curable.
There’s nothing wrong with you if you find watching TV boring. Most people would even agree with you.
If you’ve been watching the same show, see if another title catches your attention and give it a go. Try watching less TV and keeping yourself busy when you do watch TV.
Do you find watching TV boring? Have our suggestions helped you rediscover the joy of watching TV?
Let us know in the comments below!
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.