Self examination is always daunting. This is especially so when taking a sociological study of oneself as having an “addiction”. Shocking as it may seem, I have to admit that I love the TV-schmalz-fest that is “Gilmore Girls”. Indeed, I so look forward to my weekly fix that I cannot help wondering if I am addicted. How would I characterize this possible addiction?
I suppose, from a sociological standpoint, I would look for much of the same signs as one might see in an addict to alcohol. For example, some would say that the man that has his martini every
Thursday at “happy hour” is an addict, even though he is not drunk. For it is not the effect of the alcohol that defines the alcoholic addiction say many. Rather, it is the dependence on that Thursday evening martini that brings the label “addiction”. Gilmore Girls is on (insert what night it is on here ) and like the alcoholic, I find myself planning my weekly plans with my weekly “Gilmore Girls” at the forefront of my mind. Television however, does not pose the risks that alcohol or drugs does. Thus the risk factors to this possible addiction must be clear.
I would say that the risk factors of a television addiction are: “Am I abandoning responsibilities and commitments in order to watch this particular show?”; “Do I become hostile towards distractions during “Gilmore Girls”?; “Is my brain turning to mush?. Finally, what would promote my recovery from this addiction?
For starters, lining up activities to escape boredom would help. Additionally, planning outdoor activities with friends, reading (although in a café or park as opposed to the home so that there is no temptation to turn on the TV); joining a book club and beginning an exercise regimen are all ways by which one could begin the process of recovery from the addiction to “Gilmore Girls”
Kubey, Robert. “Television Dependence, Diagnosis, and Prevention.” Associate Professor, Department of Journalism & Media Studies. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. 1996