What do you do while you watch TV or listen to music?

United States
October 28, 2009 3:23pm CST
Now I like music as much as the next person, don't get me wrong. When I was a teen I had a record and cassett collection that was almost 1,000 records. I loved the Beatles, The Stones ect. I even have a taste for so of the music of todays artists. And some Rap. lol Anyway, but my son(34) will sit in thew living room and not do anything but sit and listen to music. I can see listening and doing a puzzel or something. But he just sits! It makes me nuts. I am bed ridden for the most part. I watch TV, work on the computer. But at any one time I have 5 or 6 other things going on at the same time. Like I make custom Tee Shirts I design with jewels for people and jewerly I make. Neclaces and bracellets. I also do cross stick and knitting and a loom. I make hats and scarves for the homeless for winter. So how can he just sit and do nothing. What do you do when you listen to music or watch TV?
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38 responses
• Chile
29 Oct 09
sorry... i think i missunderstood... is ur son 34??? well he is quite old to do nothing... when i listen to music usually it is time to prepare lunch... not for me, for my baby... and then, my lunch, i also listen music when i`m going to downtown, u know on my mp4... and at tv time usually i`m watching discovery kids with my daugther... and we are playing too... after she fall sleep i work on the computer and then sleeping time!!!!
• United States
29 Oct 09
You are right. There is so much he could be doing since I am handicaped. The house doesn't take care of it's self. It gets to me when he doesn't do anything but sit.
• United States
29 Oct 09
I totally multitask as I am watching tv or listening to music. Being a single parent leaves little time for other things so I try to cram as much possible into the time that I have. For instance. as the TV is on, I have the stereo turned on with the volume low and the computer turned on as well checking and responding to Emails. Sometimes I'm also on my cell while all three things are going occurring. In the meantime, I am cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming and mopping floors, washing dishes and trying to prepare a home cooked meal for my son. After cooking, I clean dishes and wash, dry, and fold up clothes while running back and forth trying to keep up with what is playing on the tv or stereo or checking to see if I have any additional Emails. But my most favorite thing to do while watching TV is finally when I have that long awaited second or two before it's time to go get my son from school, is to have a nice tall glass of chilled tea and lemonade mixed together.
@GardenGerty (125875)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I listen to television if someone else has it on, while I am on the computer. I sew while listening to music. I cannot sit still either. If I watch television and have nothing else to do I fall asleep.
• United States
29 Oct 09
Read e-mail, surf the internet
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29 Oct 09
Hi cookie, I normall listen to music while I do my house work and sometime when I do have the tv on while I am on my computer, I'll have the music on but I think its a men thing here, my hubby does the same, he just sit and listen to his music and stare into to space, strange people. Tamara
• Indonesia
29 Oct 09
well,when im listening a music,it must be time to get some relax.,sometimes i listen music with sleep on a living room and read a books. I really like when im do this. Makes me more comfortable. But,im rarely watching tv,im rather choose stay in front of my PC than Tv.
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@T1Ajai (9)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
while watching TV I'm playing cards...I like solitaire because it can relieve my stress......my favorite tv programs are drama,sports and knowledge channels......
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
28 Oct 09
When listening t io music we usually set and talk or get up and dance mostly I love to dance with all kinds of music when on the puter I haev a tv in here to watch while I m on puter. After that I go read in my bedroom or if its nice outside I go outside to read
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@cripfemme (7710)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Frequently, I do this. Unless I'm dictating, there's no way I can write in silence at all. This is because I grew up in a house which always had people every minute. Also, I perfected my writing craft (to the degree that it is perfected) in a loud, noisy dormitory. Now, if I'm typing on my own, there is no sound because I live alone with a cat. I've tried to write in silence because both Shakespeare and Leslea Newman say you should. However, it just doesn't work for me. Waking up at 7:30am and writing, as some people recommend, doesn't get my juices flowing either. At 7:30am in the morning, unless I'm doing activism, I'm in the bed. There are exceptions to this of course. For example, the three day novel contest. But, mostly, it's true. As no people live in my house but me, I must play the T.V. just so my muse will activate. I think she's a shy creature and doesn't want to come and announce herself to a room full of silence.
@jenrettn (43)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I love music and can listen to it all day. Usually I am working on the computer or doing a puzzle while I listen to music. It depends what I am watching on TV, either or not I multitask. Sometimes I will crochet or cross-stitch. I mostly watch TV at night, so usually I just sit, relax, and veg out.
@BART78 (2931)
• Canada
28 Oct 09
...i usually check my online accts. when i listening to radio, fixing my closet, doing my lundry and other house chors, for the tv, well i'm cooking while i'm watching or sometimes fixing some stuffs..like you, i like multi-tasking, doing lots of thing at the same time...
@maezee (40929)
• United States
28 Oct 09
i always have a million things going on around me, too, as a matter of fact! I'm almost ALWAYS doing homework, studying, going on the computer, responding to discussions, cleaning, doing laundry - etc - while watching TV or listening to music. I don't know what it is, but to me, I ALWAYS have to be doing SOMETHING whenever I listen to music or watch TV - those aren't interesting enough activities in themselves, so I have to multi-task. Not to mention that, but I'm usually running a pretty busy schedule and don't have time NOT to multi-task!
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• United States
28 Oct 09
When I watch TV most of the time I am attentive to what I am watching, due to the fact I rarely watch television. When a commerical comes on I will go fix me something quick to eat or drink. I might do my homework or surf the internet. On the other hand, when I listen to music I mulit-task a whole lot. Music is soothing to me. It just motivates me to get the job done. I will clean, cook, do homework, talk on the phone, text, read, and etc. I really enjoy listening to music because I like to sing.
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@dawnald (84201)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Oct 09
When I watch TV I usually just watch TV. But if I'm listening to music, I'm often doing other things such as reading.
• Indonesia
31 Oct 09
yes, i also listen to music while read a book..
• United States
11 Nov 09
I know a lot of people who can sit and just listen to music or watch tv. If I'm really into a show, I can sit and watch (except during commercials), but I'm really high strung and it's difficult for me to do just one thing at a time.
@gr8life (6252)
• Malaysia
2 Nov 09
Hello cookiecrumbles, I always listening to music while doing online stuff. If I watch TV, I will only sit and watch as I want to concentrate on what I am watching. Because of that, I seldom have time to watch TV as I have just too much work to do everyday.
@meapas (2436)
• India
1 Nov 09
How can I expect everyone to be like me? Everyone has a different style of doing things. During my school days I had this habit of listening to music while studying. My friends found it as very strange. It use to disturb them as they could not concentrate. So you see the world is of different tastes.
• Indonesia
31 Oct 09
i prefer watch TV, because the TV program is always up date, such us news, or gossip.an sometimes we can not repeat the TV programs again .but if listen to music we can do every time, and sometimes we feel bored with the musics. i usually listen to music when i prepare to sleep..
@celticeagle (124375)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Oct 09
Amazing! I don't know. I am such a double tasker that I couldn't stand to do that. Just sit and not be doing something. I had a topic up on here recently asking how many of us did have the tv and music going while we were working. Many do so he is like the lone ranger. Not everyone is the same.
• United States
30 Oct 09
With music, more often than not there's a drink or two before the mood settles and the type of music decided..then I usually just drift with the music until the imagination latches onto something concrete to do like painting or writing or futzing with the computer or just do nothing and enjoy the aimless drift.. With tv it depends. If the show is boring the mind already has a headstart to dreamland and eventually the tube gets turned off. With an interesting show I tend to get so involved with the show that nothing else matters..