Morning Monologue Day 15 (Can DVRs Save Relationships?) 43/90
How are you fine people today? Probably still sleeping, but while most of y’all catch some Zs, I’ll focus on maintaining my same good mood from yesterday’s Evening Epilogue. Today’s off to a good start as well thanx (that’s how I like to spell it) to an early morning chuckle from my local newscaster.
Interestingly enough, I woke up and flicked on my favorite news channel to hear a report that said that DVR (digital video recorder) technology has the potential to save a relationship. Now I’ll admit that I was late to get on the whole DVR thing, just copping one last year, but I had no idea they could do all that. LOL. I mean, I know they can freeze and even rewind live TV, but save my (non-existent) relationship? Really? I need to go check for that button on my remote ASAP.
According to a study conducted in July, about 80% of the over 1,000 DVR owners in the U.S., Italy and Australia polled said they couldn't live without the technology. In fact, the DVR was ranked the third most indispensible household item, coming in right behind the washing machine and microwave, respectively. American participants specifically said the DVR was their most important piece of technology other than their cell phones. Okay, all that is well and dandy; but what the hell does that have to do with saving relationships?
Well, with all this recording going on and ability to stop live TV people apparently have more time to spend with their family and loved ones because they’re limited to watching new shows only when programmers air them. (I remember this thing called the VCR having the ability to record shows, too, but I guess that wasn’t as impactful as the live TV thing **shrugs**).
According to the study, the DVRs true relationship-saving grace is that couples no longer fight over who’s going to watch what show. A guy can watch the game live, while his girl records 90210, Desperate Housewives or whatever it is you gals watch now that Sex in the City is done (thank, God). So this leads to less arguments and less stressful home environments, but most importantly is the ability for people not to be tied to the couch as they were on the VCRs watch, because DVR can tape multiple programs—his and hers—at the same time. In fact, 79% of the people surveyed said that just having a DVR around made their relationship better.
Hmmm, I’m really not too sure about all this. I mean, if a TV or device for your TV is what’s making your relationship better, doesn’t that signify that there’s another problem there? Sure, you might not talk as much because you’re too busy watching the game of soap operas, but is TV really that much more important than your real reality and relationship? If so, that’s kinda sad. I mean, I used to be a real heavy TV buff, now I just watch a few key shows. Honestly, I’ve actually watched the least amount of TV lately and my DVR cue is backlogged with stuff I haven’t watched since February and I’m not even in a relationship. I really can’t call it.
What do you guys think: Can DVR save your relationship? Is this study just a bunch of BS? Or does anything that makes people spend more time with their families a good look?
Speak ya piece…
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