«They don’t have movies where you come from, do they?»
«We had something similar a few hundred years ago, but they lost their appeal when people discovered their real lives were more interesting.»
«Still, it’s nice to take a break from your life now and then, don’t you think?»
Crewman Cutler and Dr. Phlox in «Enterprise»
A couple of months ago I stumbled upon the following meme …
… and yeah, there’s something to it.
And I freely admit, I’ve got a love-hate-relationship with video games (time-sink, but some of those stories, waow), and trying out Netflix … a few movies were great («Bright», «Battleship») and more than a few series («The Witcher», «Attack on Titan», «The Umbrella Academy», «Penny Dreadful»), but mostly, it just became a blur. Part of that was because I usually watched Netflix while doing something else, but even with full attention … it’s just … to tailored … to manipulative. And it’s strange that my memory is so imprecise — I usually have (had?) a pretty good memory for movies (esp. for good lines).
So, I did cancel Netflix (and even when logging in to cancel it was hard not to go «hey, I wanted to see that movie anyway»). Listening to music is preferable and leaves me with my visual attention on what I actually want to do. Games are next and I’m curious where that change will take me.
Hopefully back to creating (more, last few years it was almost exclusively work-stuff) and not back to these time-sinks.
Perhaps something to think about.