How families can turn binge watching into family time

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  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    May 20, 2014 6:54 a.m.

    We ditched cable months ago cause I was watching it to much at night. It was my call to cancel it. Wife was a little miffed. But, it's been a huge blessing. We have Apple TV and antenna. That's enough. I kind of think this will be a huge trend as money tightens up for most, and our time value changes. When we splurg, we like longmire.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    May 19, 2014 6:24 p.m.

    Ps We also hike, do music, participate in festivals as vendors selling our own handmade goods, we read a lot., etc.

    I second what SGinSLC said. At the end of the day it's great to unwind in front of an interesting show. There are almost always follow up conversations about the issues portrayed in the shows. And sometimes we just want to laugh.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2014 3:07 p.m.

    I think that the time estimate for binge-watching "The West Wing" is probably a little bit short, given the experience my wife and I recently had watching the entire "West Wing" series over the course of about four months.

    @The Final Word
    Everyone's situation is different, as are the reasons that they make the choices they do. In our case, we are "temporarily empty-nesters"; our only son is out of the country for six more months of a two-year stint We both are quite busy during the day, and after dinner and taking care of a few things around the house together, we both feel the need to take some time to "unplug and unwind". We chose to start watching "West Wing" episodes together, and both find them "addicting", so sometimes we would watch 3-4 episodes at a time, though most of the time we only watched one or two. Most nights we would discuss different aspects of the plot themes, specifically regarding their relevance to current events. Some nights we wouldn't watch at all, but would take walks or do other things together to "unplug and unwind". Are we irredeemably lazy, then?

  • The Final Word Alpine, UT
    May 19, 2014 1:37 p.m.


    How Parents can waste their lives watching TV like their kids and not feel as guilty about it.

    Get off your lazy butts and actually "do" something that requires some verbal interaction with your kids.

    They will thank you for it later.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    May 19, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Our whole family loves watching Star Trek episodes together. We have a common "nerd" bond, parents and kids alike. We laugh (a little self consciously) at how well we know the episodes and characters. Just yesterday our daughter mentioned that our stake president looked kind of like Data, couldn't help but chuckle at that. She was right.