Okay, so it’s no secret that I absolutely love TV. From The Real Housewives to my beloved 90s teen shows, to re-watching Friends and Seinfeld for the billionth times to finding new shows like This Is Us and Pitch to obsess over, I’m always excited to spend an evening curled up on the couch.
But sometimes, people act like you should apologize for your TV watching (and sometimes for even owning a TV). There’s a certain amount of guilt because when you’re watching TV, you’re not getting fresh air, you’re not reading a good book, you’re not seeing your friends… whatever it is. But I don’t agree with that.
Here’s why you should never feel guilty about being a TV addict.
1.) TV is entertaining
At its core, TV is a form of entertainment. Some people go to the movies and think about award shows like the Oscars as if it’s their form of the Super Bowl. Others watch TV and think about the characters and storylines and cliffhangers like they’re watching sports as well. Those people are totally my people. And I’m proudly one of them.
Whether I’m watching women fight over nothing (and everything at the same time) on my reality show of choice or wondering if they will ever get off the island on LOST, or watching the latest Netflix show in order to stay current, I’m super entertained. Why would I feel bad about that?!
2.) It’s okay to relax
It’s okay to relax. It’s okay to rest. Sometimes self-care means a yoga class, a hot cup of tea, a walk around the block, or a massage. And sometimes, it means lying on the couch after a long day (or week) at work, allowing yourself to truly chill out. Watching TV is my number one way to relax. When I’m burnt out, sick or totally exhausted, I binge-watch something and feel much better. It’s okay if that’s how you relax, too. Don’t feel guilty!
Besides, how can you feel guilty when there’s a juicy drama out there like Grey’s Anatomy? You have to find out where all the characters have ended up this week. You just have to.
3.) You should do what you love
If you don’t love TV, then sure, don’t watch it. But I don’t really believe you. I think you secretly are a huge TV addict just like me and my people. I think you should never, ever feel guilty about doing what you love, whether that’s watching TV, eating a certain way because it makes you feel better, or another hobby that you have. The world is confusing and complicated enough. Life is hard enough. If you love TV, be proud of it. And don’t feel even an ounce of guilt.
What TV show are you watching and loving right now?