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10 Reasons You Shouldn't Be Ashamed of Being a TV Junkie

TV keeps you in the know.

TV keeps you in the know.

Shows like The Simpsons, South Park, and The Daily Show may seem like mere comedies, but they're masters of lampooning pop culture and harnessing the power of current events. You may not want to get all your news from funny folks, but there's no denying that there numerous shows that put society's ridiculousness on display in really witty ways. 

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TV helps you unwind.

TV helps you unwind.

If you’ve had a stressful day, nothing is better than getting home and watching your favorite TV show. Go on and chill out with a Friends marathon and some ice cream—you deserve it. Just make sure your TV junkie ways aren't causing you to put off life, because then you’ll just be even more stressed.

TV is your door to the world.

TV is your door to the world.

Most of the shows you watch are probably pretty US-centric, but global diversity is fighting its way into television—sometimes without you even realizing it. It may not seem like much, but even a cable cooking show like Chopped does a lot in terms of exposing viewers different ways of life around the world. There's culture everywhere if you know where to look and what to watch! 

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TV boosts your creativity.

TV boosts your creativity.

In 2012, The Journal of Consumer Research published a study that examined how the sound of a television boosts your creativity, even if you’re not watching it. Apparently, the ambient noise helps you avoid thinking concretely and allows you to embrace the abstract instead. Just don't do anything that requires attention to detail and strict focus while watching TV—better to give it your undivided attention and love anyways. 

TV helps bond couples.

TV helps bond couples.

Like the classic dinner-and-a-movie date idea, watching TV gives you something to talk about. Instead of saying something embarassing or worse...sitting in silence, you can chat about what you watched last night. Whatever you do, just don't mention the Kardashians. 

TV is a friend magnet.

TV is a friend magnet.

Who says you have to be a TV junkie all alone? There's nothing better than bonding over your latest Netflix binge. “Have you seen Supernatural?” “Oh, my god! It’s my favorite show, ever!” Insta-friendship—now that’s what I’m talking about.

TV is a great history teacher.

TV is a great history teacher.

Sure, not every series is 100% accurate (here’s looking at you Tudors), but many are so spot on it’s scary. Plus, chances are you're looking for a nice overview of things—not textbook-level accuracy. Vikings is a great show to watch for this very reason. Sure, the timeline isn’t spot on, but the outfits and myths are extremely close to those of the actual Vikings. 

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TV is an eye-opener.

TV is an eye-opener.

TV junkies don’t waste all their time on reality shows, and they're definitely not averse to learning. Programs on NatGeo or the History Channel can keep you in the loop about a lot of situations you otherwise wouldn’t notice. Shows like Inside Man help viewers understand everything from what it’s like being poor, to the education system in Finland, to how matchmaking websites work.  

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TV makes exercise suck less.

TV makes exercise suck less.

Under no circumstances do you have to be sitting when you watch TV. You can easily ride an exercise bike or walk on a treadmill while still retaining TV junkie status. Watching your favorite show can help you lose track of time and next thing you know, you’ve spent more time than usual working out. Lookin’ good!

TV is educational.

TV is educational.

People don’t talk about how they watch HGTV or the Food Network, but we all do—just come out with it! Networks like these are beneficial because they're basically a 24-hour how-to tutorial. Nothing impresses people more than cooking a roulade or showing off your reupholstering skills. Are those palate-matching decoration towels? Dang, son! You know your stuff.

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