occupational science, OTalk, Uncategorized

TV or Not Tv?… That is the question. Exploring TV Watching as an Occupation.

TV or Not Tv?… That is the question. Exploring TV Watching as an Occupation.

Date: 15/09/2015  Host: @GillyGorry

Blog Post  –  Transcript

Tonight’s Chat will be hosted by @GillyGorry and we’ll be exploring TV watching as an occupation.

Questions –

  • Is watching TV an ‘occupation’ for you? If yes why, if no why?
  • What are the potential positives for watching TV?
  • What are the potential negatives for watching TV?
  • Could/have you use TV as an Intervention?

This topic was suggested by @otonthetracks and it got me thing about whether I considered TV watching as and occupation and what the possible positives and negatives are for me. Here’s some of my thoughts…


  • Learning – I often keep up to date on current events or watch documentaries or cooking programs, which I learn from and can often result in the baking of a cake, or further research.
  • Family time – ‘MOVIE NIGHTS’ are a big thing in our house, and it’s about much more than what we watch.
  • Developing communication skills, raising awareness or gaining understanding about others and their situations. As a child my Dad regularly put one flew over the cookoos nest on for me and my sisters (It was and still is one of my all time favourite films, which I watched again at the weekend) My Dad suffers with a mental illness and I believe this was his way of introducing us to this and having a better understanding of his world. I would highly recommend watching this to OTs, when I watched it on Saturday I thought  ‘McMurphy would have made a great OT.’.
  • It provides shared experiences that I can talk to others about.
  • It can help with establishing routine.
  • It can take us through a whole range of emotions.


  • It can be a procrastinators worst enemy
  • It can be time consuming
  • Not an active occupation ( I’m not saying I blame TV watching for my expanding waist line… but it doesn’t help)
  • It can be a lonely occupation
  • It can be a mindless activity (not sure that’s always bad)
  • It can cost a lot of money
  • It can be a barrier to communication and relationships
  • Certain programs/topics can be upsetting
  • It can affect sleep.

Personally I try to keep a good balance, and mostly feel the positive benefits of watching TV, but I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts.


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