Am I the only one who does this?.........................................

@celticeagle (106610)
Boise, Idaho
September 13, 2009 6:08pm CST
I have been leaving the television on for background noise for as long as I can remember. It keeps me company and entertains me. For the most part I am on the computer most of the time and listening to classic rock but the television is usually on as well in the back ground. Am I the lone ranger in this or do others dothe same thing? Do my fellow mylotters feel this is an okay thing or is there something psychological in it as well? Is it a problem or just a bad one to try to rid myself of?
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
13 Sep 09
I do this as well, when I get up in the morning, I press the button on my computer then the TV, its automatic..then when I am doing my housework I often have the TV on in the front room as well so I don't miss anything...I think it is a normal thing to do, years ago people would have the radio on all day so the only difference is we have pictures as well...perfectly normal...
@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Sep 09
My grampa would turn the radio on when he came out for breakfast and then gramma would turn it off soon after he went to work. Television was on around summer time and on until midnight or so when i was at my grandparents in the summers and when i was real small and leaving there. I think it is normal too and just whatever the preference is.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Hello my friend Just to show you how bad it is for me,me and my grandson was watching a dvd last night the movie has been over for I don't know how long so now the credits are rolling with some weird music and I have yet to turn the thing off, walked pass it I don't know how many times as long as it is on I am happy
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
Well, atleast you went past. Haha
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Hello LMAOOOOO, After I responded I felt bad so I pressed play not that I watched anything I just listened to it lol Thank you.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
14 Sep 09
WE have tv on in puter room and any room we go into has something going on . but in Kitchen we have to turn the radio on if we are in there a long time.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
That sounds nice.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
15 Sep 09
is!
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I have the TV on while I am on the computer and even have it on while I am cleaning my house it does keep you company. I have a small TV in my bedroom and I turn it on when I go to bed and set the timer so it will go off if I fall to sleep.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Sep 09
I do the same thing. Wish I had the timer on my tv. Thanks.
@bunnybon7 (30019)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Sep 09
maybe it has something to do with not being alone or possibley you had kids and got accustomed to the noise. i do it sometimes but then if i havent listened to whats on or noticed it for a while, i start worrying about why im wasting electricity and turn it off its ok though if you can pay the bill i guess.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Sep 09
I am ok with the electiricity bill. It is worth it.
@jesssp (2743)
• Canada
15 Sep 09
Well, it definitely looks like you aren't alone! I do this quite often too. For some reason I sometimes prefer the TV to music when I'm doing house work or whatever. I don't really know why!
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Sep 09
Gheez, I guess! If 50 plus have anything to say in this. It keeps us company. We are social animals. The more the merrier!
@sjvenden27 (1851)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Nothing wrong with background noise... I do the same thing... yes sometimes it is nice to just sit in totally silence.. But after awhile the silence can start playing mind games... its just a comfort thing..
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Sep 09
Ya, definitely something to be said for silence. But, it does get old.
@AKMEDIA2 (328)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I do this and I used to do it a lot when I went to sleep by myself. The sound of the tv used to keep me company so I didn't feel so lonely at the time.
@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Sep 09
Exactly! Lonely? Hmmm. Maybe that is part of it. Must be alot of lonely folks then.
@jobear90 (35)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Anytime I am home the TV is on. For me it keeps me company and breaks the silence. I tried having the radio or other music on but it is something about the movement on TV that works for me. Sometimes I will even turn the volume down and have music or something else going but I think for me it is having the movement going on. I can actually multi-task better if the TV is playing in the background.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Sep 09
Breaking that silence. I can multi-task as well.
@jen14ed (868)
• Philippines
15 Sep 09
hi celticeagle. i can't Watch tv if there something bother me in the back ground like radio or if i listening music and the tv is on is okey with me.. but If i am watching tv and the radio is open i can't watch is something bother me.. like sound of radio happy mylottings!!!
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
Oh, and I do both. Thanks.
@jdyrj777 (6559)
• United States
14 Sep 09
I was reading some of the other post here. It seems to be something that most of us do. Good !!! Lol!!! I thought i was the only one. Once im tired of the internet i start playing sim3. When im tired of tv i play the xmradio. While im doing housework im listen to either the tv or sterio.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
I sometimes listen to both.
@killersss (639)
• India
14 Sep 09
i think that's completely normal, it happens to me as well and i think i watch tv more than you do. i also spend time with my computer as much as you do and i think that's what's important and nothing else you should do what ever you feel like and not like some psychological problem or anything.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
Nothing real critical.
• United States
14 Sep 09
i keep tv on all day and all night for the background noise. Dont know why but it helps me sleep too
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
Same here.
@cmdr001 (371)
• Portugal
14 Sep 09
Lately I've been able to keep the TV off, but I tended to be -just- like that. It's not like I'm wasting more or less power, I use my computer to watch TV and it's already on 24/7, but I did kept it on (the TV) so that I could keep it on to listen to things and occasionally watch when I heard something that triggered more of my attention. I don't think that there's anything wrong, it's an habit a lot of people have and some of them with even less of a reason.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
If it is a problem then it is rampant.
@Eskimo (2329)
14 Sep 09
No I don't really do this (perhaps its an age thing), but I prefer to work in silence most times, although I do sometimes have some internet music playing softly in the background. My children, though, never seem to now what silence is with tv or ipods blaring all the time no matter what they are doing. I value silence - other peoples sounds are very intrusive, I have absolutely no wish to hear other people's music especially if they are traveling in a car with the windows open and the sound turned up full.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
If i want complete silence i go for a bike ride on the greenbelt. Nice.
@erikmama (12935)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Nope, you are far from alone! My tv stays on the m,ajority of the time, and i am sure less than half the time i actually know what is on! My boys watch cartoons often, and i have one show I like, other wise it is background noise.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
ya, there is usually atleast one show on I want to see and the rest is noise. I have my own tv in my room and that is where I work. Grandkids are downstairs.
@dorannmwin (36609)
• United States
14 Sep 09
I do this too. I've done it for as long as I can remember. Before we moved to this house, the television was actually in the same room as the computer so I could glance over at the TV every now and then to see what was going on. Now, however, we have a dedicated office and the computer is in the next room over, the living room. I can't just glance at the television to see what is going on. However, when the television is on, it is very comforting to me, especially when everyone else in the house is asleep. It gives me a certain sense of companionship.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
I am finding that to be the theme. Everyone is doing it!
• United States
14 Sep 09
Guilty as well. Doing it as we speak. I feel as though I cannot work otherwise. I am rarely watching whats on it, but it must be on.
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
Me too. I don't know if I could as quickly as I do without something else on.
• United States
14 Sep 09
I do the same thing.... If I am home all day the television will be on all day... With no one barely paying any attention to what is on... If it is a bad thing or not? That is the question... Its something that I have been doing my whole life to me, its completely normal...
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 09
Well, I think it is completely normal.
@lazeebee (5467)
• Malaysia
14 Sep 09
Hi, I do the same too; most of the time, I listen to the movies and news, rather than watch them. It's only when it gets exciting, that I stop my work, and turn to watch the tv. I suppose the tv provides some sort of soothing background noises, entertaining some parts of my conscious/subconscious mind while I work away!
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@celticeagle (106610)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Sep 09
Well, that is a good way of looking at it.