Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Confessions of a 'Bad TV' Addict

I have a confession to make: I am now hooked to Gossip Girl. Add that to my list of current addictions: Top Model, Real Housewives of Orange County (and soon Housewives of Atlanta, so excited), My Super Sweet 16, and other shallow, mindless television.

I do not talk about Top Model with Alex because he would endlessly taunt me about it. But I know that I am not alone. When I told my friend about my addiction to Gossip Girl and she told me that she loves it too, but don't tell her husband. Another confessed that she watches it the next day when she comes home from school so her boyfriend does not see that she watches it. She would even watch it online than Tivo as not to leave evidence.

I feel like we are those suburban soccer moms who are hiding our addictions to crystal meth. I would form a support group but I feel like it would be too large. Instead, I am just going to list my reasons why I think this addiction is not that bad (I know, first step: denial). But here is my rationalization:
  • Being addicted to bad television is not as bad as other addictions like alcohol, prescription meds, pornography, gambling, etc. TV is free, not harmful to our bodies, and not doing any (major) psychological damage.
  • It keeps me sane. After a long day of classes and cases in clinic, I just don't want to think. I want something that lets me relax, laugh, and gives me something to talk to my friends about outside of the law.
  • It does not impede us from having a 'normal' life. I still get all my work done, I go out on weekends, I go to the gym (in fact, those tvs on the elliptical is probably how I got addicted to half these shows), I still talk to my family, etc.
  • While I am not sure I would let my kids watch these shows if I was a parent, I am old enough not to be negatively influenced. In the same way my brother says that playing Grandtheft Auto is fine because he is not going to go out and shoot people or steal cars, I am fine watching these shows because I am not going to go out and do drugs, binge drink, or starve myself.

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