The COVID-19 pandemic has changed plans for everyone around the world. It has caused most people to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life. People have had more time and incentive to pursue hobbies, embark on new fitness regimens, learn to cook better, etc.
It’s also given us an excuse to spend more time in front of the TV. You can laugh, but you can’t rule out TV’s value during the ongoing coronavirus quarantine, regarding how concentrated or widespread it is.
If you have never made much time for television, you may consider starting during the quarantine. Here are four reasons why TV is essential during a lockdown or quarantine.
1. Your Sports and Entertainment Options Are Limited
When in quarantine, you cannot go to your favorite concert venue or sports arena to enjoy the social aspects of live entertainment. TV offers you an opportunity to watch your favorite live sports and musical events at home. Even better, you can invite close family and friends over to watch something like the Dave Matthews Band Drive-In Concert Series together. Set up your big screen television in the backyard to simulate an actual outdoor concert or sporting event experience. Since major league and college sporting events are limited, you can watch some meaningful sports documentaries, such as “You Don’t Know Bo” and “Conor McGregor Detail.”
2. Dig Into New Films and Some Old Favorite Flicks
Over the first three-quarters of 2020, most people have craved comfort. One great place to find solace is in films that make us laugh or empathize with the characters. Dig into your favorite classics from the 1980s, such as “Terminator” or “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” or check out “Home Alone” or “Castaway.” The options are endless with the right streaming service, cable service, or your DVD collection.
3. Binge Watch Your Favorite TV Programs with Friends
Friends and family observing quarantine recommendations and mandates have searched for ways to stay connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Why not make a live TV watching date and watch your favorite TV series premieres? With the help of a video chat platform, you can all watch the episodes together at your own homes, whether on the other side of town or the other side of the country. Then turn off the tube and discuss the show afterward. Doing so will allow you some time to rejuvenate while you veg in front of the TV, and then help you connect with those you love.
4. Brush Up on Your Cooking Skills
During the early months of the coronavirus, people were under a great deal of stress. Store shelves were depleted, including bread shelves. Between the desire for bread, the fear of an impending epidemic, and extra time on their hands, many people decided to start baking bread and embarking on all sorts of cooking adventures. Aspiring kitchen aficionados could watch their favorite cooking televisions from chefs on the Food Network, public television, and streaming services.
TV Continues Helping People Stay Calm and Connected During Quarantine
TV programming, movies, sports, and music help create bonds with family and friends. It also provides avenues that allow for a good deal of healthy distraction and learning. Spend time with your siblings or sorority sisters watching your favorite series premieres, watch a new film with your significant other, revel in sports lore with your buddies, or learn a new dish. All of these TV-centered activities have proven invaluable to people throughout the COVID-19 quarantine.