Entertainment is Overrated

5 min readJun 5, 2020

You don’t need to be amused to be happy

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You love watching Netflix, engaging in digital media, following sports, and all that. I get it, it’s nice to sit on the sofa, grab a beer with some nachos and relax.

Except, you paying a steep price for that.

Entertainment is a passive activity that makes you lazy, unmotivated and dumb.

Several studies in psychology show how cognitive decline accelerates when binge-watching TV. The brain is a muscle, use it or lose it.

What is entertainment?

Let’s define it as non-productive activities that we engage in, mostly in digital format — Netflix, TV, social media, games, news, online groups, and the like.

Reasons why entertainment in bad for you


It’s a huge waste of time. The average person spends 6 hours a day stuck to a screen — phone, tablet, TV, PC — just for pleasure. That is 2400 hours a year of wasted time.

Just imagine, what you could achieve with all that time if it was put to good use.

You could start a side business, read lots of books, learn any skill, get fit, etc. Time is literally all you’ve got and you are wasting it away with low-value activities.

Bad habits

Watching is passive, therefore there is tendency to do something else simultaneously, this leads to bad habits:

  • Junk food consumption
  • Constantly check your phones
  • Drinking, smoking and other addictive behaviors are often associated and promoted by the media
  • We become sedentary
  • We become lazy, physically and mentally
  • Encourages bad posture — hunching, slouching

It creates addiction

The entertainment industry is there to make money. The more time you spend on your phone, FB, YouTube, Netflix, or candy crush the richer they get.

They want you addicted and they know how to do it.

Most people say they are not addicted, but they are in denial. That’s exactly what…




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