Monday, October 13, 2014

Deleting Hulu...

off my phone.  I got a free introductory week of Hulu.  I installed the app on my cell because it was easy-peasy when I typed in the web address to watch a cooking show...while I was cooking dinner.  I remember thinking it was nice I wasn't board while cooking when Luke wasn't home to talk to.  I used earphones just in case there was swearing I didn't want my kids to hear... and that meant I left one out so I could hear my kids...which caused me to wonder why I was watching a show while on mama duty in the first place. :/
At some point I looked down at Christian and realized he had asked me for a vitamin or something but I hadn't caught the whole thing.  I knew this wasn't good.  I knew this wasn't me.
So I paused the show and gave him my full attention feeling very in control of myself.  But I turned it right back on after hearing him out and handing him the chewable vitamin he wanted.
Then I cleaned the kitchen so I could watch another episode.  The kids played outside...it was fine right?
going on the third episode I could only justify my binge by cleaning my room and doing laundry.  This is fine right?  By the time I had the kids in bed, I think I had watched 4 episodes.  I didn't want to look at a screen anymore so I figured I wasn't an addict or else I would watch the show until midnight.  Or so my justification went.

Same thing the next day pretty much, only since I had the free week and I was caught up with the other show, I picked something else.  Because that's how streaming works...it's what you want, when you want it.  Boom boom.  Maybe you are all wise to this already...I'm not really a big show marathoner, so this was all very new to me.  After not connecting to wifi correctly which led to using more data than our phone plan allows and a week plus of watching shows on and off throughout the day, I'm done.

I'm done just because I'm done.  But also because Gisella crawled over and put a book in my lap this evening.  I read it to her and then went back to my cooking show.  She put it in my lap again.  I read it again.  It's a real page turner...one of those flap books.  I was more animated this time and gave her lots of eye brow raises and toothy smiles when appropriate....but it was like she knew there was a commercial break for my show because she wanted the book read again.  She's maybe just entering a book phase, but she's never done this before.  She was on to me.  Finally she gave up on me and wanted Jude to read it.

I must have had glazed over eyes or something, I don't know.  So... the app has been deleted.  I've read several very interesting articles on TV addiction so I understand myself better and I'm planning a run tomorrow morning.

TV is changing...it's designed to be binged on now because that's how our brains like it and technology makes it easy to stream shows all at once.  I'm not going to miss a decent flap book with my daughter over it though....nope nope nope.

so...bye bye Hulu on my phone...I may miss you, but withdrawal symptoms shouldn't last too long. :)

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3 comments:

emilykate said...

Totally - when you have endless shows to watch right in a row it's so hard to stop!

sarah.flyingkites said...

Loved this honest post and could relate in many ways!!

Melissa @ Faster In Water said...

Great post! I try to stay off certain social media during the week or I find myself scrolling and scrolling on my phone and then what? Comparing myself to other people - awful!