You know when you smell something or hear a song and it takes you back to a time in your life? That’s how it’s always been for me, but with TV shows and movies. Most of my childhood memories revolve around what I was watching at the time. But, now that I’m in my thirties, I can’t seem to find anything to watch. As a kid, my memories are filled shows like Barney, Looney Tunes, and Rugrats. And movies like The Santa Clause, Hocus Pocus, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
As a pre-teen, it was Are You Afraid of The Dark?, All That, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Family Matters and Dawson’s creek. In my teens, it was Mad TV, Friends, Chappelle’s Show, and almost every horror movie that was released. By my twenties, there were less options but I still had movies and shows that captured my attention. I remember watching Prison Break and Lost. And then I got sucked into Game of Thrones.
I can remember what I was like during various seasons of my fave show, who I was friends with at the time, what style I was into, etc. But now that I am in my thirties, I’ve found it more and more difficult to find something to watch. I have various streaming services and cable, yet night after night, I’m stumped. I cannot find anything that really grabs my attention.
It’s kind of ironic because I have less time to watch anything, and so, I don’t really require a lot of movies and shows like I once had. Yet, most days I can’t seem to find anything to watch.
At first I thought I was being too picky. Or perhaps too scattered or distracted by my phone or the endless options available. Or maybe it was the algorithm on the various streaming services I’m signed into. Whatever the case, I thought, have I aged out?
There are tons of options when I’m searching for something for my 6-year-old to watch. Younger adults in my life are watching something I’d roll my eyes at to on CW. And the senior citizens in my life are all tuning into reality shows like X-Factor and I Can See Your Voice. And then there’s me, stuck in between with nothing to watch at all.
I end up choosing a show because it’s popular, only to get bored because the plot is too familiar or predictable.
I know it’s definitely not the worst problem to have. But is there a gap for people around my age? Of course this lead me down a rabbit hole and I Googled it. Although many people were complaining about having trouble finding something to watch, I came up empty when it came to age making a difference.
I posted about it on social media and got a mixed reaction. Some people blamed the lack of entertainment on the algorithm. They too felt like steaming apps kept suggesting the same movies and shows over and over or making bizarre suggestions for thing they’d never watch.
Others thought the content was just not what it used to be because streaming services are just pushing out as much as they can without a care about quality. And there were some who had no issues finding something to watch at all.
But I still think there might be something to it regarding our age and interests affecting the ability to find something to watch. A lot of the shows are predictable because they have similar plots to shows I used to watch in my teens and twenties. And I’m not quite ready to scream at the TV because my favorite contestant was kicked out of a competition. I’m somewhere in the middle. And I doubt I’m alone.
Can you relate?