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Stop Just Watching TV-Series, Start Analysing Them!

What Is Happening With Our Time

Today most of us have access to the internet and therefor we can watch anything we want, and when we want it on the world wide web. Right? Well I think this is the point where we are actually having a problem. We want to watch everything, know everything and be everywhere although our attention is limited.

Instead of just watching different tv series and multitask, by using our phone, at the same time, we all should start to focus more on one task after the other in order to give it a meaning, a deep value and that way we could help solve the feeling of being unsatisfied that we all have after we binge watched Netflix for hours.

The Simple Solution

The solution is really simple. It’s not just about focusing on what you are doing, because to be honest watching a movie or a tv series is not really difficult. But it’s about understanding the deep meaning of what the series wants to tell us and relate it to our everyday life, and hopefully also learn from it.

Usually when I watch tv series I’m fully in, it takes me around two hours to watch an episode with my friends because we keep stopping the video in order to analyse and relate what happens in the programme to our lives. We analyse behaviours, and improve our own by seeing the mistakes, and bad traits that the characters make and have in the shows.

How Did I Start Changing My Behaviour

I want to illustrate how the tv-series “13 Reasons Why” made me think about many things that go wrong in our society and how it affected my view on life and my behaviours, and how thanks to this I changed and realized the difference between just watching something superficially rather then understanding the deeper meaning behind things.

The first episodes were ,yes interesting, but I didn’t really like most of the characters, I almost got annoyed by their behaviours and didn’t really want to continue watching. The story was nice but I thought that the main character Hannah Baker (the girl that committed suicide and recorded the 13 tapes) was really selfish and exaggerated. I also didn’t really like the other main character, Clay, since I thought he was completely overreacting. I mean what happened in this first seasons was a completely out of my own high school experience. Because I grew up in Europe I didn’t know what high schools in the USA are like. I just knew if from the typical american movies, with the “cool” sports guys, the cheerleaders, the nerds, the new girl/boy, the “looser”kid…

I always just saw the usual dynamics and small fights but never really thought more about the characters and how the American high school dynamic with the football guys and cheerleader girls, would affect someone in real life. Until I analysed the deeper psychological behaviours.

My Personal, Deep, Psychological, Interpretation of 13 Reasons Why

So now coming back to my behaviour change! I almost got forced from by my friend to keep watching the series. So what happened was that I, but also my friends, kept stopping the video to comment and give our opinion. We took literally around three hours to watch one episode that was less then one hour long…and then we kept doing it with all the following episodes.

Once the first seasons was done I realised that I changed my point of view about many subjects. “13 Reasons Why” recalls instances of bullying, sexual harassment, slut-shaming, rumours and rape. It made me aware that there is not enough attention given to teenage suicide. But overall it made me aware of how todays society is not a community. Everyone lives for them self and makes what is better for them without really thinking about what the other people around feel. I’m not saying you should put away your happiness to make others feel good, but we all need to do what is good for us without hurting others. I happens to everyone, we all sometimes a bad day, however you don’t know what other people are going through and we all need to learn to use more kindness in our lives and we need to learn to listen more to others, be more open with our feelings, and take other people problems serious, as trivial as they might seem to us.

What happened in “13 Reasons Why” is called a slippery slope fallacy, it’s a chain of events that go wrong and that lead to Hannah Baker committing suicide. There was a lack of expressing feelings and communicating clearly to and with each other, without assuming things.

Bring This With You and Apply It to Your Favourite Tv-Series, It Will Change The Game

TV-Series are awesome but if we are really honest it’s a waste of time to just sit in front of your screen watching Netflix whilst you are tagging your friends in memes on facebook, and it is especially a waste of productive time if we just watch them without seeing a deeper meaning. We need to find a meaning in what we watch and use it to improve ourselves and learn from it… Other wise, lets be honest, we could invest our precious time in other things, like reading a book, doing assignments for University, or going out with our friends.

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