TV serves up guilty pleasures

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With the busy lives students lead, they are still able to find time to watch TV shows that they are ashamed of.

Americans are notorious for having their “favorite” shows, the ones that they can’t get enough of.

But why is this? The answer is simple. It is a way for people to leave their own lives and live through someone else’s. These shows relieve stress.

Students especially like to watch shows to escape from the pressure of everyday life.

Jennifer Kohler, Dixie State College communication instructor, said, “Students want something mindless to distract them.”

While Kohler says she “detests” basic network programming, she herself has a favorite show she likes to watch to destress.

“‘Downton Abbey,’ or any drama show on HBO, is what I like to watch,” Kohler said.

Once students get hooked on a show they like, they may not be able to stop watching.

Jaicee Porter, a freshman general education major from St. George, is an avid follower of the show “Pretty Little Liars.”

“I have to know what happens next,” Porter said. “I think about the next episode the whole day before.”

Porter is not the only one who feels this way about television programs.

Gabbie Holbrook, a sophomore communication major from Salt Lake City, said she can hardly wait for the next episode of “Duck Dynasty” to come out. She feels like she has to know what is going to happen at that moment.

Students love their shows, but some feel their shows have become an addiction.

Jessica Leavitt, a junior communication major from Gunlock, said it is “killing” her that she has not seen the recent episode of her favorite show, “How I Met Your Mother.”

Porter agreed with Leavitt by saying she has a slight addiction to the show “Pretty Little Liars.”

Even though students are busy, they still find time to watch their favorite shows and accomplish their other responsibilities as well.

“There is always time to do your homework during commercials,” Holbrook said.

All the students interviewed and the professor said that balancing relaxation time and daily tasks are important.

“Students are able to handle their pressure and stress, which helps them in the long run,” Kohler said.