Of course they do. Normies always love to talk about how bingewatching shows is their favourite waste of time.
Watching TV is acceptable over video games because it's simply more for normies. They're marketed more towards normies, and there's the social aspect of talking about your favourite normie shows with your normie friends. Normies aren't going to talk about how their obscure fighting strategy in whatever difficult normie unfriendly game is the best. They'd rather talk about the Normies on TV shows who get caught up in their amazing normie adventures.
It's cultural inertia. Our parents watched TV in their free time and they raised us so they got to decide what normal was, and that's the only reason which matters. To be fair TV used to be a big cultural touchstone, back before there were a bazingillion channels and everyone could be relied on to be watching basically the same things. It was something you could discuss.
I think in terms of general health and mental acuity, the outlook is that video games>>>>>>TV, because even the shittiest video games require input from the player, while even the best TV forces you to just sit there and drink it in passively. If you ask any psychologist which is better for a kid to do, play a game or watch TV, they'll pick the game. And if you ask someone what will keep you sharp into your old age, they'll again recommend gaming over TV. As far as computer use goes that's also one of the things that's contributed to Gen X and beyond being leagues more literate than the boomers ever were. I mean, look at us right now. We're using our free time to type long-ish posts at each other where we are pressured to keep spelling, grammar and clarity to the best levels we can because otherwise someone will greentext our mistakes and make the post worthless. This is so much more engaging and stimulating than TV is, and it's fucking 4chan. Hell, even facebook asks more of the user than a TV.
I think this is something that only used to be true. I'm more of what might still be called a cyborg, so I know some of the ol' normies, and TV discussion is not the conversational bounty you're thinking. It would be if everyone watched the same shows, but there's so much shit out there to watch that hardly anyone is watching the same things. What a lot of that boils down to is >Are you watching X? >No, haven't seen it yet, any good? >Yeah it's great. >Seen Y? >No, not yet...any good? >Yup.
Ain't nobody bonding over that shit.
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