(Note: This ran in the Chicago Tribune in late December. The Oklahoman picked it up yesterday.)
It’s almost 8 p.m. on a Sunday as you pour a glass of wine and settle into the couch to watch The Good Wife. It’s your weekly ritual.
Your significant other, meanwhile, is in the basement watching Homeland, which airs at the same time.
Couples are bound to have varied tastes in television, but what if it starts to pull the two of you apart? One of you keeps binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy in the living room while the other lies in bed watching Sons of Anarchy.
“When couples spend what little time they have to hang out together in separate rooms watching their own programs, they often lose their sense of intimacy and connection,” said John Sovec, a psychotherapist in Pasadena, Calif.
This apparently has been going on for about as long as multiple TV sets have been a thing; the only reason it never affected me was simply that we — for those few years when I was part of a couple — had only the one set.
Still, doesn’t at least part of the definition of “couple” imply doing things together?
Dr Sovec says a single set should suffice:
“One TV is enough,” Sovec said, recommending that couples who can’t agree on what to watch should consider using a DVR. Decide which shows you must watch in real time, plan accordingly and record the rest. Watch Scandal one week and Thursday Night Football the next. (Although, admittedly, recording sporting events to watch later might be a tough sell.)
Then again, if both are on Twitter or even Facebook, the chance of seeing SPOILERS! is probably quadrupled.