“I don’t watch TV”

27 Jul


The Set Up has been messaging me on Facebook.

And he seems very nice. Very normal. Just as busy as I am at the moment so we’re going to set a date to meet up in a couple of weeks time.

Then on Thursday night he dropped a bombshell.

“I don’t watch TV.”

Not, “I don’t watch much TV” or “I’m not a huge TV person”. No, no.

Straight up. “I don’t watch TV.”

I sense a problem.

I, myself, am nothing short of addicted to TV. And I feel absolutely fine about that. I work really hard. I exercise loads. I go out with friends a lot. In my downtime I like nothing more than settling down to Dance Moms or Catfish or Mad Men or Nashville. I’ll just say it: I love TV.

What’s more, in my experience, people who make sweeping statements like, “I don’t watch TV” invariably turn out to be assholes.

But I’m trying to have an open mind.

And an open heart.

5 Responses to ““I don’t watch TV””

  1. theshanshuprophecy July 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    People who say “I don’t watch TV” ARE assholes … not only that, if you try and watch TV with them around, they will make noise or turn on the lights or try to engage you while you are watching TV because .. well, because they are assholes .. besides, what the hell are you going to talk about if he has no idea what happened on GoT this week? .. ppffttt ..

    • aprileb July 28, 2014 at 7:55 am #

      OMG such a true story. Imagine trying to follow one of the more complex storylines in Nashville and some asshole asking who everyone is, what’s going on etc. etc. I cannot be doing with people who don’t have room for TV in their life. Also, to quote Joey from Friends, “What’s all his furniture pointing at?”

  2. riri1124 July 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Admittedly, I hadn’t been watching very much TV for quite a few years; nothing against it so much as no time and nothing really grabbed me. (Yes, I am that bizarre-o person who never watched “Seinfeld” or “Friends”.)
    I also have this thing that stems from childhood, when we had only one TV for a long time (I’m a child of the 60’s), and with older siblings, there was next to no shot at watching anything that I wanted to. In addition, it led to arguments, and that made me uncomfortable, so I just found other things to do.
    There were shows that I did love over the years, and tried to never miss. And yes, the next day at work, it gave us all something to chat about and bond over.
    Bob was one of those “I Hate TV” guys.
    But . . . little by little . . .he got sucked in to what I was watching, and the next thing you know, he;s reminding me that Project Runway is on or that we need to be home for The Amazing Race of the next season of Top Chef starts in three weeks.
    He was actually sad when a season of Tough Love would end and we’d have to wait for the next.
    So, yeah, I totally get what you’re saying; those sweeping generalizations and holier-than-thou attitudes because TV is the devil or for eejits are beyond annoying,
    You never know tho . . . even the biggest curmudgeon might be won over if he realizes that a relaxed woman makes for a much more . . .well, relaxing evening . . .
    just sayin’ . . .

    • aprileb July 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

      Ha ha – so true. Love it! x

  3. openyoureyes145 July 30, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    ummm yeah, I’m not a TV addict or anything but I do enjoy me some netflix. How can someone not watch ANY tv whatsoever? I would run.

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