I went to Iceland for a few days with my sister recently. We had a really lovely time, made even lovelier by the fact that my sister is one of very few people apart from my children with whom I can watch TV.
What is it with people pretending they don’t like watching TV?
Is it just not FANCY enough? Do we want people to imagine we spend our evenings reading wholesome books or going for walks or learning to crochet or something? Because sure, I do do those things from time to time, (not the crochet), but mainly by the time it gets to the evening I just want to mix up a cheeky pina colada, sit on the sofa, and watch some TV.
(The pina colada bit is mainly just in this hot weather.)
I think part of the reason that I don’t tend to invite people round much in the evenings is that I know it means I will have to switch off the television and be expected to look right at the other person the WHOLE TIME, engaging them in interesting chit chat, when what I really want to be doing is bitching about the contestants on Love Island with Belle.
Watching TV doesn’t have to mean switching yourself off and staring blankly at a screen, I’m not suggesting I want to do that with all my friends, I would just sometimes like to have a bit of company while I watch my favourite shows. Belle and I don’t have a huge amount of crossover when it comes to television and one of the things I miss sometimes about being in a relationship is having someone to watch TV with and chat to about it.
I watch First Dates on my own, but you really need someone else to talk to about how adorable everyone is, or whether you think they’ll make it to a second date. I feel like it might be fun sometimes if someone said ‘Ooh, do you fancy coming round to watch the new series of The Apprentice so we can compare notes on who we think has the absolute worst business idea?’
Instead though we pretend that we’re not really interested in television, that if other people are there then we wouldn’t dream of insulting them by switching on the TV. And yet there we are left on our own, binge watching zombie shows on Netflix like the apocalypse may really be just around the corner.
There are so many things that we choose to do socially with other people – we’d happily go to the cinema and watch a film for instance – but somehow putting on the television at home feels like a huge taboo. Or maybe that’s just me. Perhaps everyone else is openly watching television with friends all the time and I’ve just accidentally outed myself as a weirdo.
What do you think? Would you have friends over and watch TV or do keep it as your dirty secret?