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Keeping My Social Bar Filled

I am not a popular person.  Sure I have 130 friends on Facebook, but although I have met all of them in real life, most of them I have not talked to in years.  Plus 130 friends on Facebook is a really small number.

I have three friends that I see on a (semi) regular basis (plus a handful of people I only talk to online, that I consider my real friends.  And of course my 3 year old best friend: Hadlee).  Which is fine.  Quality over quantity is definitely the rule for friendships.  As a socially awkward person with no kids, weird hobbies and opinions, and no desire to “go out” (unless its to like, Goodwill and McDonalds) its hard to find people to be friends with.  Plus I don’t go to work, or to school, so I would have to make a real effort to make new friends.  The friends that I do have, I have known for at least 5 years, up to about 22 years.

I read in a book once (I don’t remember what book, maybe The Plug In Drug by Marie Winn?) that the reason, or at least one of the reasons that television is so addictive is because your subconscious brain doesn’t realize that it isn’t real.  So you fill the need for social interaction by watching people on TV.  Even though you can’t see it, you are kind of like a Sim and need to keep your motives up to be able to perform the tasks asked of you, including your social bar!

I think this is the reason behind a habit that annoys Michael, or at least baffles him:

I watch the same shows over and over again

Netflix makes it very easy to re-watch the shows that you like, which is why I find myself preferring it to satellite.  When you re-watch a show, its like you already know the “people” you are watching.  In a sad, pathetic way, its like visiting old friends.

My top five show to watch repeatedly are:

  • My Name is Earl
  • Eureka
  • I Love Lucy
  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Yes, Dear

What are your favorite shows?  Do you like to watch them repeatedly or is once enough for you?

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