When I watch movies or television shows, I get hypnotized. I have to see every character, every detail–lighting, special effects, costume, weapons, plots, words, facial expressions, etc.
If I’m eating, my food gets cold and a meal might take a couple of hours to eat if there aren’t any commercials. If a human being is talking to me, I’m not listening and I’m looking very annoyed at the interruption. If the phone rings, I let it go to voicemail. Or if I do answer the phone, the person on the other end senses that they don’t have my undivided attention unless it’s a life-or-death situation. I have witnesses to those things.
So, if not for commercials, I wouldn’t re-heat my food, talk or listen to a human being, or return a phone call. I also use these station breaks to fold and put away or hang up clean clothes. Don’t forget bathroom breaks, snack breaks, coffee breaks, checking on meals I might be preparing, and writing. Turning up the television set helps me know when my program resumes because the commercials are usually louder than the television program. Some shows have anywhere from 3-10 commercials between each smidgeon of story.
Next time, I will be talking about specific commercials. There are some prize-winners out there.
Written by Rosa L. Griffin