While television has always been a part of my life, I’ve never really been tied to the TV like a lot of people. I didn’t watch a whole lot of it growing up and don’t watch a lot of it now. Same can be said for movies. I do have the television on almost always however it is mainly serving as background for whatever else it is I’m doing (usually not paying attention to the TV). I guess because my father always held the reigns of the channel selector when I was growing up and I held little interest in what he wanted to watch that I am just conditioned to have the TV on in the background while I go about my day and have a level of apathy towards what is actually playing on its screen.
There are a few genres that I prefer having on in the background to listen to while I get things done. One of my favorite genres is documentaries. My guilty pleasures are investigative crime shows and the occassional reality-based show.
I see people talk about a new series or a new movie. I know very well that I have always been very out of touch with popular culture the whole of my life. And yet I don’t really feel like I’m missing out. I just don’t have that need to hop on any bandwagons. I’ve never been a huge “joiner”. Maybe it’s the autism? Maybe it’s the avoidant personality disorder? Maybe I was just born with the soul of a reclusive old lady? Maybe a little bit of all of those? I rely mainly on my husband to screen and select our joint visual entertainment since he is much more attune to that arena. As a result I have been introduced to several shows and movies that I really enjoy and that I enjoy watching with him, but still not my main source of entertainment.