I have this secret obsession with reality tv. I have been a Survivor fan since I was really young. I have signed t-shirts from contestants, can tell you life stories of castaways, and recap entire seasons. My big brother got me interested in Big Brother a few years ago. My husband thinks I am ridiculous!
I watch these shows because I am fascinated by how people treat each other when put into stressful situations. Both shows cut contestants off from their normal lives, throw them in with a bunch of strangers, and ask them to live together in harmony. Of course that harmony part usually doesn’t happen.
This sounds crazy, but I think I use these shows to escape my own reality. There are days when I just need a break from thinking about work, kids, cleaning, grading, and worrying. I use books the same way. I can get caught up in a story, focus on the lives of the characters, and forget, momentarily, about my own worries. Eventually, however, I have to come back into my own reality and face my struggles. That’s where God comes in!
I know it sounds silly, and I don’t let my children watch these shows. I guess I enjoy having an escape, even if it is for only one hour a week! I even feel guilty about it because I know I should be folding clothes or grading papers instead. While it isn’t a sin to simply watch tv, I know God probably wishes I would use my time better. I am fully aware that I use this for stress release. I suppose it is better than stress-eating!
How do you escape reality?