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Is Watching TV a Legitimate Hobby?

is tv a legitimate hobby

As I write this I'm curled up on my bed with a cup of tea, whilst getting slowly sucked into the world of the Kardashians. 

Perhaps Keeping up with the Kardashians is the worst thing I could admit to binge watching as I begin to make the case for couch-potatoes everywhere. I think it comes as a surprise to nobody that I believe TV watching is as legitimate hobby as baking, skiing or travelling.  

For those of us who love pop culture we've probably heard messages our whole life that we should 'go outside', get a 'real hobby' or that if we do want to cuddle up with something it should be a book. Because, you know, that's intellectual (not like silly TV). 

Wellness bloggers are also constantly reminding us that TV is bad for our chi (or something) and that we should be doing yoga on a beach (or something). I certainly don't advocate the idea that yoga on a beach is a bad idea, but I certainly don't believe that binge watching a TV automatically makes someone lazy, uneducated or at risk of obesity. 

I'm also big on wellness and looking after oneself. One of my biggest tips for self-care is to find passions and indulge in them, because life is always more fun when you have a passion and if that passion is being a tv geek then go forth. Then there's the concept of the happy place. Whilst a boudoir filled with candles and a shrine makes for a better Instagram photo, a happy place is unique to each individual. For some individuals that place is curled up with Netflix. 

But, health I hear you cry! TV Geeks are at risk of obesity! Says who? Just because someone counts being up-to-date on British soaps as their hobby doesn't mean they're sitting eating crisps all day and never step outside for a jog. I know plenty a geek who love to socialise, go clubbing, run marathons. I binge watch a new TV show every week but also go swimming and count netball as a massive passion. I even work a physical job in a bar at the weekends. Sitting inside watching TV all day and all night and never doing else would definitely put someone at risk of ill health, but adults know how to do things in moderation (because at the other end of the scale, you can overexercise a body too). 

It also doesn't mean they don't have a high flying career, or never will. Again, I can line quite a few of my geeky friends up for you if you need proof. 

If you know me, or have been reading my blog for a long time you'll know that I'm big on not pissing on other people's life choices. Live and let live, y'all. There's some hobbies and pastimes I've never seen the appeal of but I'm certainly not going to make someone feel shitty about their hobby, or brand it as non-legitimate. And I'm certainly not going to force someone to sit and binge watch the Kardashians (or any TV show, because fair enough the Kardashians really aren't for everyone) because some people simply aren't into watching TV and that's a-okay too. 

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