I fail at watching movies at home

Alastor3

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Oct 28, 2017
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I don't have a significant other and im in a new city so i usually watch movies alone. I live in a bachelor 1 and a half room, so im using my computer screen as a TV. But recently, i just can't watch a movie without stopping in the middle. I can't seems to focus enough even tho the movie is really good, not because of a lack of investment, but it's become too easy to pause the video. If it's too cringy, I pause, if it's too horror i pause, etc. Something you can't do at the cinema.

I didn't do these type of interruption before, except while watching the office, but im doing it more and more and i don't know why.
 

TaySan

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Dec 10, 2018
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Turn off your phone and hide it somewhere so you won't have the temptation to use it during the movie. I have to do that or else I'm browsing on Era lol
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Do something else then

I just recently got back into watching movies again. Having a 5.1 system proper is a blessing.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Seattle
I don't have a significant other and im in a new city so i usually watch movies alone. I live in a bachelor 1 and a half room, so im using my computer screen as a TV. But recently, i just can't watch a movie without stopping in the middle. I can't seems to focus enough even tho the movie is really good, not because of a lack of investment, but it's become too easy to pause the video. If it's too cringy, I pause, if it's too horror i pause, etc. Something you can't do at the cinema.

I didn't do these type of interruption before, except while watching the office, but im doing it more and more and i don't know why.

Turn on the movie, get up and put the remote next to the tv, sit down and enjoy
 
Oct 28, 2017
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OP, do you have other hobbies at home that might interest you more? There may be a reason just sitting down and watching something isn't capturing your attention.
 
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Alastor3

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Oct 28, 2017
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OP, do you have other hobbies at home that might interest you more? There may be a reason just sitting down and watching something isn't capturing your attention.
Honestly, i think it's because i don't work hard enough on my personal project (finishing writing that damn Choose your own adventure novel), and i always guilt thinking about it and it decrease my appreciation of my other hobbies i think
 

Castile

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Dec 1, 2017
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I feel you, as I also share the same problems when watching movies, except for anime because I actually need to pay attention and read the subtitles lol.
 

Pelao

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Jan 7, 2020
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Chile
I can't watch movies or shows alone anymore, they have become a social activity to me, I need someone else to share it with.

The last few times I've tried I just stop a few minutes in because I realize I would prefer to be playing a videogame instead.

Whenever I find a movie I think looks interesting I wait to find someone to watch it with.
 

Disco

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Oct 25, 2017
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It's why I love the theater.
for sure. its super easy to be engrossed in a good movie at the theaters too (beyond just the ones that are full of spectacle)

unless you go to one of those oft-mentioned theaters people on this forum complain about where people are somehow shitting their pants and clapping and screaming every 5 minutes.

hope theaters never die in my lifetime. its become far too easy for me to pause a movie at home too, to go grab a snack or do something for a second.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Honestly, i think it's because i don't work hard enough on my personal project (finishing writing that damn Choose your own adventure novel), and i always guilt thinking about it and it decrease my appreciation of my other hobbies i think
Sounds like you need to work up the will power to isolate yourself from your distractions.

I also enjoy writing. I have a quiet room in the front of my house where it flows best for me. No tv, no distractions - I don't even bring my phone in there. Just me, a pen, a notebook, and a bookshelf for motivation.

My buddy likes doing the same at a little donut shop a few miles or so down the road.

Ultimately, I think our brains tell us what we want to do most. We just have to listen. Try meditation maybe. idk im thinking too much lol
 

I KILL PXLS

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Oct 25, 2017
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Watching it on your computer screen probably isn't helping. Especially if you're just sitting at your computer desk while doing it. The few times I've tried watching a movie that way haven't worked for me either since there's always the option to alt tab or put it in a side window and multitask. I rarely watch anything on my computer over 15 minutes in full screen.
 

texhnolyze

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Oct 25, 2017
14,342
Indonesia
I have a similar problem.

Movies are simply too long for me. I often get distracted and pause it, even though I have a big TV and surround sound system. Sometimes I treat it like an episodic show; pause, then continue later or tomorrow.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I don't even start them. I couldn't tell you the last movie I watched at home.
Actually, I can't tell you the last movie saw in the theater. I still need to see the last Star Wars, for instance. I think it might have been Endgame, maybe.
 

Wraith

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Jun 28, 2018
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Why start a movie when you can simply scroll through the queue on half a dozen different streaming services for 90 minutes without ever watching anything?