Breaking the ‘Breaking Bad’ habit



As the series finale of “Breaking Bad” approached, my social media feeds were swarmed with comments, photos and links about the show.

As I saw friends on Twitter and Instagram going to the extent of preparing themed parties and giving themselves “Breaking Bad” manicures, I couldn’t help thinking, “What’s the big deal?”

Although I’ve never seen the show, and therefore know very little about it, I felt like everyone was being slightly ridiculous.

I then realized that I’m one to talk.

Even though I’m not throwing parties for each season of “LOST” I finish on Netflix, my own obsession with the show probably isn’t too far off from those who love “Breaking Bad.”

I will be as bold to say this: Americans are too obsessed with TV series.

In fact, the average person spends nine years of his or her life watching TV, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey.

We spend hours watching fictional characters go through near-death experiences, mistakes, relationships and everything else that comes with “life.”

Yet we most likely will never have to experience the majority of the things our beloved TV series characters go through.

As relatable as some of their experiences or personalities may be, they are not real people. Apparitions on your TV or computer screen are about as real as they are ever going to get.

Sure, we all like to relax in front of the TV after a long day, and there isn’t anything wrong with that. But we could probably be more productive with our time.

Imagine how many relationships wouldn’t fail if instead of watching an episode together, we simply talked to each other.

Imagine how much more educated we would be if we read a book or did homework instead of procrastinating by watching five hours of Netflix.

Imagine how different our society would be if people were just as informed about the U.S. government shutting down or the fight in Syria as they are about the series finale of “Breaking Bad”  — which, according to Entertainment Weekly, hit 10.3 million viewers.

So, before you go full-out fangirl on the new series you discovered, and before those stressful 15 seconds between episodes on Netflix, ask yourself “What’s the big deal?”