You never realize how much TV you’ve watched until someone makes a website about it.
But that’s just what Alex Cican, a designer, photographer and filmmaker, has done with this website that allows users to type in the name of a television show, enter the number of seasons watched and stare in terrified amazement as a counter adds together how many days, hours and minutes each individual has spent watching TV.
I’ve loved the medium of television since I was a little kid watching Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers and Pinky and the Brain. And that love (obsession, whatever) hasn’t diminished at all as I’ve gotten older. But I never really considered that I spent a huge amount of time either in front of a television or my Mac.
86 days, 4 hours and 53 minutes later, with only a miniscule fraction of the entertainment I’ve consumed accounted for, and I realize I may have a problem. Granted, it’s a problem I won’t be fixing anytime soon, but that’s not really the point. The point, my friends, is that there are a lot of things I could have done with those 86 days that were much more socially beneficial than say, watching Dean Winchester load a salt round or count how many shirtless pull ups Oliver Queen could do in a single episode of Arrow. Cue pre-quarter life crisis because so much wasted time to be young and successful!
But then, after I let the number sink in for a while, I realized that I don’t really care. Because I’ve spent a heck of a lot more time in my almost 23 years doing things that were beneficial, maybe not to the world, but to me personally. I work 40 hours a week, I enjoy many hobbies that don’t involve a “mind-numbing picture box,” and I spend a lot of my time with other human beings for social interaction, so if I want to spend 86 days, 4 hours and 53 minutes watching stories unfold on TV than I will, doggone-it!
And in the end, I get to write about television, whether it’s blogs like this, a review of a season finale or an interview with a star from one of the shows. My time spent watching the TV has given me something to strive for as a career, so it has not been, and will never be, time wasted.