Brain Fun During TV Commercials
Watching TV commercials is no fun for the brain. Don't waste your time. Here are some ideas for creative and productive things to do instead.
Really, why would anyone want to watch TV commercials?
They are boring, redundant, annoying, and disruptive!
TV commercials always come on when we have the most fun with the program. Whether it is right before the pivotal point of a contest show, or at the most suspense-laden moment in a crime drama - you can count on getting ripped out of your mood with some irrelevant nonsense. The worst part? Commercial time is in the meanwhile much longer than the actual show time. But we don't have to be victims of this greedy scheme. We can do something about it.
In the following sections of this article, I will suggest a few creative activities for those otherwise wasted minutes after the announcement, "We'll be right back...after this!" (We might not.)
For the next commercial break...
have pen and paper ready
This time, we carefully watch the commercials, and we jot down some of the strange, stupid, funny, or quirky stuff we notice about them. For example...
- Cosmetic products are presented by people who don't need them - for people who'll never look like the models anyway.
- Allstate's roadside assistance - you never pay a dime unless you use it. Huh? What's so darn special about that?
- Why are sandwiches always assembled in slow-motion with feathery bread slices spraying crumbs in the air?
- During those mock interview scenes, why do people look at an invisible, mute interviewer instead of straight at the camera? Proof of authenticity? Come on...
- Are women really pleasantly surprised and cheerful, when they come home from work, and somebody has turned their living room into a computer store?
- Ever seen this mission statement? "We believe...together we can make the world a better place, one pet at a time." (Pets are not what's wrong with this world. Some marketers are.)
- If I would switch from State Farm to Geico to Nationwide to Progressive, I'd eventually get paid to have car insurance.
By looking at commercials in such an irreverent way, you rob them of their hypnotic power of
suggestion. You'll free your mind from fear of depression, financial ruin, and mental incontinence.
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while the pitch man roars...
- Jot down ideas for your new blog post or Wizzley article
- Start a painting and add to it during every commercial break
- Have a quick trivia quiz with your companion(s)
- Call your mom and tell her you love her
- Do an exercise routine
- Kiss your wife/hub like you mean it
- Turn the damn thing off
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and doing is better than watching, right?
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