Do you do other things while watching TV?

@TheHorse (72210)
Walnut Creek, California
November 8, 2015 9:12pm CST
I tend to be a multitasker to the extent that it's possible. I've been avoiding the NFL for the past year or so, but today, I decided to see how the 49ers would fare with a new quarterback. While the game was on, I cooked some (late) lunch, left some comments on MyMot (and even on Bubblews), and replaced the four wound strings on my mandolin. The mandolin sounds a bit bright to me now, even though it was the four "lowest " strings I replaced. But hopefully the strings will settle in and sound good. Do you tend to cook, knit, practice or string an instrument, or otherwise multitask while watching TV?
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@LadyDuck (175653)
• Switzerland
9 Nov 15
I tend to be multitasking, but when I sit to relax in front of the TV I do nothing else. It is true that I only turn on the TV to watch a movie, if it's not interesting I quit, but if it is interesting I want to follow the movie and nothing else.
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@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
Got it. I rarely turn movies on at home when nobody else is here. I guess I view movie watching as a social (although parallel) event.
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@LadyDuck (175653)
• Switzerland
9 Nov 15
@TheHorse I always watch the movie with my husband, is our relaxing moment together without computers or other chores to do.
@sugartoes (42463)
• Greencastle, Indiana
9 Nov 15
that's me when I sit to watch t v that's what I want to do without anyone talking or interrupting me for any reason I'm on the computer 75% of the day I'd like to have at LEST 25% watching SOME t v
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@DeborahDiane (23714)
• Laguna Woods, California
9 Nov 15
I do most of my online writing while I watch TV, because television cannot hold my attention by itself!
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@JudyEv (134370)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Nov 15
I'm more likely to be doing something too. I find it difficult to just sit and watch.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
Right now I'm listening to Miles Davis's Kind of Blue on the main stereo. Gotta head off to work in a minute.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
@JudyEv In general, I'm pretty restless. I like to get something done and move on to something else. I get a lot done, just not all at once.
• United States
9 Nov 15
i do my best to avoid watchin' t.v. - the hubs plays it loud the whole time he's home. whilst he watched/slept through all the games today, i worked'n my scrap fabric pile. finished off a tote bag 'n made 3 quilted potholders. while cleanin' up the kitchen 'fter his e'ery trip 'n takin' 'part 10 pairs 'f worn out jeans....so i can stitch together 'nother jean quilt.
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@JudyEv (134370)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Nov 15
Wow! You don't waste your time, do you? Sounds like a very productive day for you.
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@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
@crazyhorseladycx Sounds pretty productive to me!
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• United States
9 Nov 15
@JudyEv sittin' idle makes me a bit nutty, ms. judy. i wish i'd been able to get more done actually. @TheHorse did my best, hon. would've been happier if'n i'd gotten those jeans cut into squares fer my project, but i'll take what i did get done 'n run. got most'f 'em cut out earlier today 'n then the hands said no more.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
9 Nov 15
When I was a kid I loved to play my guitar, have the TV running in the background and study for a test all at the same time. As the years passed I watched less and less TV and not I hardly ever turn it on. so I guess to you my answer is no because I don't watch a lot of TV. Only when a really good film is playing late at night I might watch this to relax before sleeping.
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@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
I had a several year period where there was no TV in my house. Now that I think about it, that period included college, graduate school, and during my first teaching job. I got one when I moved out here to California.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
9 Nov 15
@TheHorse I moved so much from one job to another that most places we lived in didn't have a TV. I think this was the best time because we had a lot more time to talk at night and to do other things together. This is what kept our group tight and in a good way so that we always helped each other and worked so well together.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
@poehere I think I viewed TV then pretty much how I view fancy i-phones now--as a distraction from positive human interaction.
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@chance216 (277)
• United States
9 Nov 15
Sometimes Like to sketch when watching tv. It can be a good source of inspiration.
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@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
That's one I hadn't thought of! I seem to get inspired (abut writing) when I go out cycling.
@jstory07 (69749)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Nov 15
I do all kinds of things while watching TV.
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@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
I actually don't watch much TV (except for sports). So today was kind of special for me. What are some of the things you do? I usually just practice scales on my guitar or mandolin while watching sports.
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
9 Nov 15
I do sometimes. I haven been known to sew, crochet and cook while watching TV.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
There's a part of me that would like to learn to crochet or knit. But I do my wood sanding when I want to work with my hands.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Nov 15
@TheHorse and from what I remember,you have some really beautiful objects you have completed.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Nov 15
@simone10 Thank you! Yes, I love refinishing old loudspeakers. The quality of wood they used in the 1960s and 1970s was really high.
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@dodo19 (33577)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
9 Nov 15
Yes, I do tend to multitask. I'll watch something on TV while I'll be on my lot, or Bubblews, or something like that. I'll sometimes clean up a little.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Nov 15
Same here. Cleaning and writing are reasonable things to do with the TV on.
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@dodo19 (33577)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
10 Nov 15
@TheHorse I think so. Sometimes I may read while the TV is on. I usually like having background noise when I do things.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Nov 15
@dodo19 Right now, I'm writing in silence. But I just stumbled in from a meeting. I'm trying to decide whether to "settle in" for a few minutes or head back out and get some stuff done.
@PainsOnSlate (20508)
• Canada
9 Nov 15
I play with my iPad while watching TV especially if its boring like football...
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Nov 15
Football? Boring? You mean you don't watch the footwork of the linemen and such like?
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• Canada
10 Nov 15
@TheHorse I married a football player who turned into a football coach and spent years in the stadium seats, took the kids to see, never missed a game, The kids are grown, the hubby is retired. No more football for me except the big end games, the playoffs the bowl games. We have two TV's for that very reason because he never misses a game.
@babaraimc (1323)
• Pakistan
9 Nov 15
i mostly like sports channels on TV, and during matches i keep my books open trying to ,rather pretending to be a Bookworm. i also use my Mobile during this period and a little bit of eating as well
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
Sports are the only thing watch on TV (at home) with any consistency. Baseball is my favorite. The Golden State Warriors are a good basketball team right now, so Ill be watching a few of (but not all of) their games. And probably practicing guitar or mandolin while I do it.
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@babaraimc (1323)
• Pakistan
9 Nov 15
@TheHorse good combination basketball and music
• United States
9 Nov 15
I prefer to live my life mindfully. This means that I do not multi-task. I immerse myself in one activity at a time. I do, however, hit pause during commercials in order to get up and move around the house. This has the benefit of keeping the blood flowing, but I also do a couple of things while I am up. Does this count as multi-tasking? I don't think so, since when I am up and about, I am no longer watching TV.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
Yeah, I'd say it's something else. A certain friend and I talk about mindfulness a lot. And I weave it into my classes when I talk about savoring little joys. Perhaps there is no true multitasking, but only moving from one thing to another. As I put a string on my mandolin, I was fully present with the mandolin. But if I heard excitement on the TV, I might look up. If I have my coffee water heating up and clothes in the dryer while writing on MyLot, is that true multitasking?
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• United States
9 Nov 15
@TheHorse I think it is the switching your focus or trying to divide it that ruins fully enjoying an experience. When i put wet clothes into the dryer, they are gone from my attention, until the heater beeps.
@jhieeen (74)
• Philippines
9 Nov 15
While watchinh TV, Im also using my cellphone to watch also hehe
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
Are you watching two separate things?
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• Philippines
9 Nov 15
@TheHorse Yes hahaha
@birjudanak (7293)
• India
9 Nov 15
when i watch tv at that time i will become hungry i like to eat
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
Eating is good.
• India
9 Nov 15
@TheHorse eating is good but when it become habit in night then become fatty
@celticeagle (119803)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Nov 15
I remember posting a discussion much like this years back on the old Mylot. I watch TV and write or do Mylot.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
Did you get similar responses? I think this just occurred to me as I was watching the 49ers game and stringing my mandolin. I like @ElizabethWallace 's response. It made me think about whether I'm sacrificing being fully present in what I'm doing when I have the TV on while doing other things. When I refinish my loudspeakers (repetitive sanding, which I call "meditation") I often have music on in the background. But I think I'm still fully present with the wood.
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@celticeagle (119803)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Nov 15
@TheHorse ...I don't feel like I am totally able to concentrate when the TV is on but I sure can't turn it off either. I might miss something.
@lokisdad (4264)
• United States
9 Nov 15
When you have children you find that you have become a multitasker its the only way to be able to survive the day.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
Makes sense to me. And there are certain thing I simply can't do when there are kids around (use my soldering pencil, for example).
@lokisdad (4264)
• United States
9 Nov 15
@TheHorse I know what you mean our little one is always trying to be involved in helping with everything she always says I am the best helper let me help you.I tell her this is dangerous you can help by staying away and not touching anything and she pouts.
@workguddu (155)
• Shillong, India
9 Nov 15
While watching TV i generally read my mails , checkout mylot and when im hungry eat too.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
Ah, I should add paying bills to my list, as well as checking emails. But those are usually done with the radio or a CD on.
• Shillong, India
9 Nov 15
@TheHorse It is a good option while watching tv
@Susan2015 (21673)
• United States
9 Nov 15
Yes quite a lo.t While on the computer I listen to the TV, and have a load of clothes in the wash too. Sometimes doing three things at the same time.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Nov 15
In some households, the TV is always on in the background. I don't think that's healthy, especially if there are kids around.
• Indore, India
9 Nov 15
Yes i love to do multitasking along watching tv. I tune up my guitar too while finishing up the news i don't get time to look at any othet time during day. Trying to play random solo scales while watching any show makes me find out better tunes. Another best use of tv watching time is trim ming out my nails. A needed task. ;)
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Nov 15
Trimming nails. Something guitarists understand. I had to "nuke" the nails on my right hand the other day because I broke one playing catch with a kid. Only my thumb nail remains long.
@mushluh (10)
• Israel
9 Nov 15
i just can eat and drink while i watch tv... ha ha im not a multitasker
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Nov 15
Noble pursuits, both! I tend to drink something (coffee right now) while I'm on computer.
@fawkes62 (1291)
• United States
9 Nov 15
We don't watch a lot of TV as my son is glued to it if it's on. When it is on I tend to multitask by working on my cross stitch, learning to crochet, or by doing stuff on the computer. The only time I don't multitask is when we are having a family movie, then we just watch the movie and cuddle.
@TheHorse (72210)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Nov 15
Yep, that sounds like my "strategy." If we are *really* watching something, I won't do anything else.
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