Video Gaming and TV Watching

It’s no secret that America is one of the most sleep-deprived countries in the world. Citizens of America work more hours and have less vacation time than those in other industrialized nations. There’s a huge emphasis on productivity and the urge to constantly be doing something useful all the time. Sometimes we work so hard, we forget to enjoy ourselves. Or else, we keep on going until we burn out… and that’s never a good thing.

Many times, it’s been said that playing video games, watching TV, and simply sitting and listening to music or radio talk shows are wastes of time. I think there’s a time and place for everything. If you’ve gotten everything accomplished for the day, why strain yourself and your energy trying to do a million more things in the name of being productive? Why not relax with a video game or a movie or a TV show for a while? All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? (Eck, I’ve always hated that saying, although it is true.)

I used to feel really guilty whenever I did something that wasn’t “productive,” like playing a computer game or watching an episode of Family Guy. In reality, I had nothing to feel guilty about. My work for the day was done. I knew that if I did anything else “productive,” I’d get tired and frustrated. But I still couldn’t shake the feeling that I had to work, work, work. Maybe it was that workaholic American culture talking.

The moral of the story is that life is short. Enjoy yourself while you’re here. Have fun while you can. There’s nothing wrong with playing video games every once in a while. 🙂 Relax.

5 thoughts on “Video Gaming and TV Watching

  1. I suppose I’m in that “over-worked” boat myself, but with a 3 year old daughter and an 18 year old son, who is off to Law School next August, I’m learning to relax alittle more.

    Glad I found your blog.

    Raven

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  2. I think this has a particular application to writers who also have day jobs. You work your 8 hours at your job, come home, take care of your other responsibilities (home, family, etc.) and then think, “Okay, now is my writing time,” but sometimes you’re pooped and it’s really “watch a bit of TV and go to bed” time. But then you feel guilty, though, as you say, if you force yourself at that point, the writing is probably not going to be good anyway.

    I get around this by never setting writing goals (except for “write well”). I don’t track my word count, I don’t set deadlines (well, except for writing one blog post a week, but that’s not arduous). And sometimes when I’m watching a movie, I get an idea (because “writing” goes on in your head all the time, not just when you’re at the keyboard).

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    1. Exactly. You come home from work and want to zone out, then feel guilty later, and before you know it, you’ve gone weeks without writing.

      I can’t operate without some kind of goal or deadline. Otherwise nothing would get done.

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