Turn Off Commercials Before You Become Brainwashed!

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  1. My son only watches stuff from Netflix or on DVD. We recorded a Toy Story holiday special and then commercials started playing, he got super confused. I took that as a victory since my son doesn’t see commercials he isn’t bombarded by consumerism habits.

    We have some shows we like to watch from TV but have a DVR so we can watch them on our own time. Side effect: don’t have to sit through commercials 😀

  2. One of the major benefits of cord cutting, other then the Super Bowl no one in my house sees commercials anymore. We buy whatever is the best price per quality. Quality being defined by which items with less negative reviews for aspects we care about. Even positive reviews these days are usually fake advertising.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Great post….so true! Consumers need self-defense training, because there are big bucks trying to get inside our minds. I have a similar feeling about magazines and think they should be avoided. People pay for the privilege of seeing a ton of ads, showing extensively photoshopped people wearing watches, clothing or jewelry or pitching makeup or perfume. So suddenly if you’re not careful, you sit down with your $5 magazine and suddenly “need” that $20, $200 or maybe $2,000 item (or more, because maybe you really, really now need a Rolex!). That same need will probably be long forgotten after you’ve had the item for a couple weeks and you would have never had that temptation had you not bought the magazine. It’s not that hard to save more and spend less if you’re just a bit more strategic about it.

  4. I haven’t seen any commercials in a while considering we only watch Netflix/Prime and HBOGo. Sometimes when we watch something on one of the other free apps, we’ll see a commercial but that’s about it. It sure is annoying to get the same commercial 3 times in a row as is often the case on those app tv channels.

  5. I don’t watch any sports or have cable tv so it was nice to get a break from commercials for the last 5 years of that lifestyle change. That being said I am an avid YouTube and Vlog watcher, the rise of ads there is growing bigger every day as companies have clued in to that being the new platform.

    • Chris says:

      They always seem to find you don’t they? I have noticed too that YouTube has more and more ads also.
      Just don’t get sucked in. 😉

  6. So true. You are right about the conditioning. If I have a choice in the store I might pick the brand I have seen on TV just because I have heard of it. I did that with blue bunny ice cream not too long ago. That little blue bunny hoping across the screen definitely brainwashed me into thinking I needed to try that ice cream.
    Kate

  7. I was so happy when my 5 year old Tivo recently got upgraded with the new ‘commercial skip’ button – while before I had to fast forward the commercials, now I just click the button and it just jumps right to the start of the next segment! no need to see the commercials whiz by anymore, and I save 5-10 seconds per commercial break! Alas, it is not compatible with all shows, especially for sporting events or old repeats, and I have to fast forward the old fashioned way…

    • Chris says:

      I usually only see commercials during sporting events, because we don’t actually watch TV that much. I have to watch them live too.
      Thanks for the comment. 😀

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