Why Am I Watching So Much TV During Quarantine???

This isn't my usual kind of video, but I wanted to share my experience with my screen time during quarantine. I think a lot of us are seeing our screen time hours climb - I'm hoping that by sharing my own habits and my analysis of them through the lens of Media Psychology I might help others see their screen time in a new light. Ultimately, don't be too hard on yourself for watching and playing more, but by using Media Mindfulness (an awareness of Media Psychology ideas and an awareness of your feelings during/after a media encounter) you can learn to change your habits or get the most out of them if you aren't looking for change.

My “Media Mindfulness” Practice

A personal example for how I have practiced Media Mindfulness lately: When overcome with drowsy melancholia I found myself staying up later than healthy and having trouble turning off the TV. Instead of sleeping and regaining my energies (a helpful way to develop the clarity needed to regulate my moods and emotions) I craved the familiar and gloomy 'Jane Eyre' (2011)

New Video! – ‘Why Sad Movies Are Good For Us’

Sad movies can be good for our mental and emotional well-being, but how? It seems like a paradox that we can enjoy being sad, but media psychologists are discovering that sad movies are tools we use to understand and organize our own pain. We learn how to react to pain by watching others, even characters on TV, and we can learn to ease the suffering of others as well.