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When you watch a movie/TV show at home, do you prefer to view alone or in the company of others?

Asked by ucme (46712points) April 26th, 2011

I mean, this could depend on a number of factors, let alone personal preference. I like to watch pixar/family movies with the kids. Settling down with the wife to snuggle up & watch a film is also lots of fun. However, given the choice, I much prefer watching a movie on my own. Usually in complete darkness, beer at hand, to watch in peace & quiet. How about you?

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erichw1504's avatar

Usually with at least one other person (most likely the wife), but there are times when I’d rather watch alone. Like, for instance, FRINGE. My favorite show on the air right now that I must keep my eyes peeled to every frame and ears perked to each and every uttered syllable.

Blackberry's avatar

Alone. I only watch things that require more of my attention, so I want to hear everything.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I rarely watch tv or movies very much anymore and prefer to watch with a marching band so I will stay awake.
Just ask Vunessuh

Aethelwine's avatar

It depends what type of movie or show it is. When I watched the movie Burlesque I watched it alone, and I’m glad I did. My husband and sons would have provided commentary the entire time and I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. lol

When I watch shows like Survivor, that’s when I like the company. My husband and I like to talk about the show together. Or when we watch comedies like Dinner For Schmucks or South Park, it’s nice to have someone else to laugh with.

wundayatta's avatar

I don’t really like watching things at all, but every once in a while there’s a family movie. It’s ok until my son starts asking question, and then I get annoyed.

It’s the same with football. I always thought I wanted my son to watch with me, but my son will start asking questions, and then I can’t hear what the announcers say and I get annoyed. i think I would like it if he knew how to watch in a more focused way.

marinelife's avatar

It depends. Usually with someone else.

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille A marching band in the living room, love those acoustics :¬)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme -The trombones are outstanding!

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Surround sound, you just can’t beat it!

flutherother's avatar

Preferably with someone else who I know well.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

I will watch anything with anyone who will not talk during the show or movie.

ddude1116's avatar

Comedies I prefer to watch with friends, but every other movie I prefer to watch by myself the first time I see it, and then otherwise not care.

DominicX's avatar

Depends on what it is and depends on the people. I love watching House, 30 Rock, Seinfeld, and comedy movies with most of my friends. I love laughing with other people.

However, some shows, like Lost, I preferred to watch by myself or with my mom, someone who understood the show and wouldn’t spend the whole time asking “what’s going on?” “who’s that?” “what happened?”, etc.

For example, I became obsessed with the movie Mulholland Drive not long ago and I wanted to watch it with other people. One roommate of mine was engrossed in it and even watched it again with me. Other people I tried to watch it with couldn’t stop questioning and commenting the entire time (or having conversations with each other and getting up and leaving for periods of time…you can’t do that during a movie like that. Miss one minute and you’re totally lost)...sigh…

knitfroggy's avatar

I don’t like to watch movies alone for some reason. I can’t remember the last time I did watch one on my own. As far as TV shows, there are a few my husband and I have in common and I like to watch with him, so we can discuss it, etc, but also so I don’t have to watch it again when he wants to watch. For the most part, though, no one wants to watch what I like, so I catch up on my viewing early in the mornings or late at night when no one is around. I like it that way.

ucme's avatar

Cheers folks! As I said, it depends…..a lot ;¬}

kariper's avatar

I watch movies in company. but I prefer to watch Tv-series alone.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Alone or with Alex or with my best friend Hamad, actually. If it’s Golden Girls, then with all my other queers.

Seelix's avatar

It depends on how intensely into it I am. Right now, when watching Game of Thrones, I don’t want anyone other than Mr. Fiance there. He’s just as into it as I am and won’t talk through it.

Joker94's avatar

It largely depends on the movie. Some movies, like comedies, are best enjoyed with more people. But dramas and other such things are best enjoyed alone, with no chance of distractions.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

I am usually in my room watching The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. I have been watching this show my whole easter break in stead of studying for up coming exams.
But sometimes I go into the living room for about 30 minutes and talk to my parents… after that I go back to what I was doing in my room.

iCalvin's avatar

It depends on which film or TV show it is. I do enjoy the company of others that know how to watch a TV, meaning people who know to talk during the commercial breaks and not the programming.

filmfann's avatar

I like watching the movie alone, but I always want to talk about it with someone after.
Back in my youth, it wouldn’t be unusual for me to talk to strangers leaving a cinema, and ask them to coffee somewhere close, to discuss the film.

casheroo's avatar

I like watching tv with my husband…especially shows like Camelot of Game of Thrones.. he explains things to me because my attention span for those shows (as much as I love them) is short. I only watch shows that don’t interest him (like anything on HGTV and TLC) without him.

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