I remember the first time my wife brought home a complete boxed set of the tv series, Smallville. Smallville, of course, is kind of a dramatic series of the life of the young Superman. You trace the adventures and misadventures of Clark Kent as he was growing up in middle America. It was a really great series because it was really well produced. It had great actors and it also did a great job chronicling the younger years of the one of the most major superheroes on the planet, who, of course, is Superman.
Sounds good so far, right? Well, here’s the thing. Most people can only watch a tv series back to back for, at most, a few hours. We’re talking about eight hours. After that point, you basically reached a physical wall.
Now, let me tell you, Smallville was so addictive and so engrossing that the time melted. It really did. I mean, I was popping in one DVD after another, and before I knew it, eight hours had blown by. I still couldn’t get enough of the episode, so I popped in another disc. By the time I was done, 16 hours had passed by. I forgot to eat. I was kind of sweaty and didn’t feel all that good.
So, do yourself a big favor, when you’re kind of caught in this kind of mind frame, you might want to mix things up. When you make a rule with yourself that you’re going to watch two episodes and then jump on your balance board, or hoverboard, you break up the addiction pattern. I don’t want to freak you out, but that’s really the word that’s most applicable in that situation.
It is an addiction. You’re addicted to the scenes. You’re addicted to the story. You’re addicted to whatever you are hearing, seeing and perceiving. There’s no shame in that game. That’s perfectly okay because that can happen to the very best of us. What’s important is that you maintain some sort of balance and this is one thing you need to be proactive about. Otherwise, a very fascinating piece of entertainment will draw you in.
This happens with a really entertaining series, like Breaking Bad, Smallville, The Sopranos. It also happens with video games, like Call of Duty, League of Legends, Fallout Four, and others. This is definitely the case with Skyrim, the latest installment of the The Elders Scrolls Series. Whatever the case may be, if you’re consuming any type of digital entertainment, take a break.
The best way to do this is to engage in another activity that is just as addictive. This is where a balance board, or hoverboard, comes in because when you get on them, it is so addicting and so powerful that it breaks your old pattern. Then, you’ll get bored of it after awhile and then you can go back to what you were doing before. You have to take matters into your own hands. Otherwise, three hours turn into eight hours, eight hours turns into 16 hours, 16 hours turns into two days. It’s no joke.