Learning things from Reality TV.

United Kingdom
December 22, 2023 4:34am CST
In the past I always thought of television as being some sort of mindless entertainment used for relaxation. But these day I find I can watch programmes and learn something useful while being entertained. My latest interest has been learning about antiques collecting. For several years I have been watching show like The Antiques Roadshow and Bargain hunt in order to learn something on the subject. Do you feel that you are learning something useful while watching the television.
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@LindaOHio (155657)
• United States
23 Dec
I always learn something. I used to watch Pawn Stars, Antiques Roadshow, Storage Wars and picked up tips on what's valuable. I watch the Game Show Network and pick my brain for trivia answers. I've learned a lot off the trivia shows. Have a good day.
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@LindaOHio (155657)
• United States
28 Dec
@lazydaizee Yes, I've watched both pawn shop shows. Haven't seen the Detroit one in a while. I believe Pawn Stars is in Vegas.
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• United Kingdom
29 Dec
@LindaOHio Some of these shows are very similar and it gets confusing sometimes.
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• United Kingdom
28 Dec
I think I have seen Pawn Stars. Is this the show where a man runs a very large and busy pawn shop ?. He is in charge of the business and he has his sons working for him. The show is basically about the items that they buy and sell , but there is a certain amount of drama involved with the family dynamic and the personalities of many of the customers. It is often very funny to watch . There is also another similar show that takes place in a very large pawn shop somewhere near Vegas where an older man runs the shop with his son and daughter. The son and daughter are very competitive and try to outdo each other. The customers on this show are often loud and aggressive if they do not get what they want.
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@LadyDuck (457533)
• Switzerland
22 Dec
Not from TV, but I learn watching YouTube videos of topics of my interest.
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@LadyDuck (457533)
• Switzerland
28 Dec
@lazydaizee - I have learnt some new interesting recipes, I have followed painting classes and also checked some videos about sewing, crocheting and repairing our push lawn mower.
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• United Kingdom
29 Dec
@LadyDuck You have been busy. Did you manage to repair the push lawn mower? We had one of those years ago but it broke and then my husband got an electric one. I do not like our electric one because I am nervous of the leads . I wish we had mended our push lawn mower instead of throwing it away.
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• United Kingdom
28 Dec
You can normally find what you need on You Tube. What sort of things have you been learning?
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@shaggin (71659)
• United States
28 Dec
That sounds fun what you are watching and learning. I don’t watch tv but if I need to know how to do something I can usually find a video on YouTube that helps.
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@shaggin (71659)
• United States
29 Dec
@lazydaizee I don’t have time and I don’t like to watch it in front of my two year old.
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• United Kingdom
29 Dec
You do not watch anything on television ,why is that?
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• United Kingdom
3 Jan
@shaggin It is good that you are teaching your two year old to do other activities rather than just watching the TV.
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@celticeagle (158739)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Dec
I sure do. I watch all kinds of things on YouTube and can find things on almost any subject. The app is free on my Roku TV.
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@celticeagle (158739)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec
@lazydaizee .......My grandson uses it to learn certain aspects of the video games he plays.
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• United Kingdom
3 Jan
@celticeagle Some video games can be very complex from what I have seen of them. What games does he like playing?
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• United Kingdom
28 Dec
I always go to You Tube if I need to know how to do something that I have not done before. We brought an old clock in an auction two years ago. The clock was not in working order when we brought it, but by watching a clock repairer online we learned what parts we needed to buy to be able to get our clock working again.
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@RebeccasFarm (86520)
• United States
22 Dec
I never watch television as such anymore, only a movie or a few videos on YouTube. I am so glad you are learning something.
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• United Kingdom
28 Dec
I do not watch as much television as I used to because they do not seem to make any interesting new programmes any more. Most of the shows I like are repeats, and I get fed up with watching shows when I know what is going to happen.
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• United States
28 Dec
@lazydaizee There is so much variety these days for us all.
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29 Dec
@lazydaizee I also have the problem that all my favorite shows have become repeats of repeats. Have a Happy New Year!
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@just4him (305561)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Dec
I watch television for entertainment. I don't watch reality TV.
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@just4him (305561)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Dec
@lazydaizee I like dramas, fantasy, science fiction. Some legal, but not a lot of that. NCIS is the only legal show I watch.
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• United Kingdom
30 Dec
What sort of programme do you like watching?
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• United Kingdom
3 Jan
@just4him You enjoy a good selection of programmes.
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@popciclecold (35067)
• United States
8 Jan
Yes, I used to watch American Pickers, and was fascinated with the items they would find.
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• United States
9 Jan
@lazydaizee Mostly things way from the past.
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• United Kingdom
8 Jan
I have not watch this before, what sort of items did they find?
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• China
22 Dec
Sounds interesting ! Some antiques will rise in value.
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• United Kingdom
22 Dec
Hopefully they will but I think it can go either way depending on trends at the time. I have noticed a lot of prices have changed for items in the time that I have been watching these shows. Something that was worth a lot of money a few years ago would not be worth so much now. I can tell this from the items that the contestants buy on shows like Bargain Hunt.
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@ShyBear88 (59275)
• Sterling, Virginia
22 Dec
Most reality TV isn't actually reality TV. Depending on what shows it most of it is scripted and others are not. They just cut the filming in a such way that they leave out certain things that change the content of the show.
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@ShyBear88 (59275)
• Sterling, Virginia
28 Dec
@lazydaizee That sounds like a debate which for me would be boring to watch since I'm not participating like watching sports. If I wanted to watch people debate their thoughts and options I would wait for November they are plastered online for the government. I rather watch my trashy reality TV. Drama sometimes is real other parts are not so much because they are cut and put together sometimes. Those rich housewives certainly get into it sometimes. I do have fun watching or listening to book debates about characters and how things should have gone if we where the ones writing which sometimes does lead to other books being written.
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• United Kingdom
28 Dec
I know they do this with some shows because they cut out the parts that may be boring to watch. There is a reality show called `The Only Way is Essex' that features real people . On this show they mostly show the people arguing because the viewers seem to like that sort of thing. The people in the show are really nasty to each other but it can be funny to watch because they all talk at the same time and nobody listens to the other person because they are all too busy shouting.
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• United Kingdom
29 Dec
@ShyBear88 I do not watch the show about the rich housewives, but I expect it is interesting to see how these rich people live and what sort of problems they have to deal with. I read a lot of books and I often wonder what would happen to the characters in the stories if they had done thongs differently.
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@RasmaSandra (73241)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Dec
I have heard about these shows but have not watched any, I will look them up on YouTube.
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• United Kingdom
29 Dec
Let us know what you think of them when you find them.
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@Hannihar (129379)
• Israel
3 Jan
@lazydaizee Sometimes I learn things I didn't from programs and other times I am just entertained by a program.
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@Hannihar (129379)
• Israel
7 Jan
@lazydaizee There are programs I have watched that I have learned things and others just watched and not sure if learned anything at all.
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• United Kingdom
7 Jan
@Hannihar Sometimes you can be learning without knowing it.
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• United Kingdom
3 Jan
It is easy to learn something new while you are being entertained.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
9 Jan
Yes I do. I learn subjects on health by watching health and living shows.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
12 Jan
@lazydaizee A health program called "my doctor" on our local channel. I also watch health segments everyday that is part of the evening news .
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• United Kingdom
12 Jan
It is good if you can remember what you have learned from television. Which health programmes do you watch?
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@dya80dya (33382)
22 Dec
No, I feel that I am wasting time. I need to watch something useful. I watched ''The Good Place''. I can't finish it because I think it's a waste of time.
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• United Kingdom
22 Dec
I have not heard of The Good Place, what is it about?
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@arunima25 (85265)
• Bangalore, India
22 Dec
Not from TV but yes, I have been learning a lot about gardening and also about other stuffs like cooking and artwork etc from online videos. Glad that you have found some good use of TV watching along with getting entertained.
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• United Kingdom
22 Dec
Online videos are good for learning how to do things. If I am ever faced with having to do something and I don`t know how to, I go on you tube. Most of the videos are well explained and show somebody doing whatever it is in real life.
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@arunima25 (85265)
• Bangalore, India
22 Dec
@lazydaizee I do the same. And I have learnt a lot over the years. I am making use of the many things that I have learnt from YouTube and Pinterest.
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• United Kingdom
28 Dec
@arunima25 You Tube is very useful and Pinterest is good too.
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