Are you glued to the tv?

  1. I wasn't in favor of starting this war, but as I said in another thread, now that it has started I will support our troops.

    But I find myself glued to the tv. For the first time since I joined 'allnurses' I'm addicted to something else.

    The technology is astounding. On one level, I feel like someone who stops to look at a traffic accident. On the other, I can't stop watching.

    The mom of one of the Marines that died in the helicopter crash was on tv saying how horrible this constant coverage was for the families of those deployed. Because they can't leave the tv--in case it's their loved one that goes by, or is interviewed, and so on.

    I don't know if there's a right or wrong in this. I guess people will tell me if they think so. Mostly, I'm just curious. Is it just me, or are you glued to the tv too?
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   Kayzee
    I find myself turning the TV on as soon as I get home from work. Its normal to be interested in whats going on with our troops. Theres nothing strange about it.
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I'm making an effort not to watch. What happens happens, and knowing the minute by minute blow by blow isn't going to change anything. But, when I do sit down to watch something, if I watch for just a minute too long, it's easy to get sucked in.


    At work today, all day, our unit clerk kept excusing herself to go watch CNN for awhile. I finally said "WHY?" What purpose does it serve here at work?

    I dunno, it's bizarre.
  5. by   cindyln
    speaking from experience my hubby was in the last gulf war. I had that tv on constantly. I am finding that I can't do that this time. It is on in the background but I am glued here.I wish like that mother said they wouldn't show it all the time.
  6. by   Mkue
    The technology is astounding Kavi, I agree. I honestly don't watch television that much, but I do like to listen to it while doing other things. I did see the shoe/sign incident tonight.
  7. by   RNonsense
    My hubby is American, so yeah CNN is on pretty much all day when he is home. I try to catch the 6pm news on Global.
  8. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by kavi

    The mom of one of the Marines that died in the helicopter crash was on tv saying how horrible this constant coverage was for the families of those deployed. Because they can't leave the tv--in case it's their loved one that goes by, or is interviewed, and so on.
    I saw this on NBC this afternoon too, and I thought Tom Brokaw did a wonderful job with the interview. He is such an eloquent speaker and was very emotional. In fact, one of the men on the panel had tears in his eyes.
  9. by   RNIAM
    I try not to watch at all . My husband watches it alot. He is in the air national guard.
  10. by   kimmicoobug
    I turn on the tube to watch every few hours or so, just to see our status.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    NO!!! i learned better during the 1st Gulf War, when my husband was deployed for 6 months just as the SCUDS and PATRIOTS were flying. It is bad for the mental health. That, and I have my KIDS to think about; If I am sitting around watching and obsessing over this coverage 24/7, so will they. Can't be good for THEM, especially.
  12. by   kids
    The "boys" (my 2 and anywhere between 2 and 5 more at any given moment) are pretty much spending their days playing X-box and alternating between CNN, MSNBC and FNC.

    I check Rueters and CNN.com now and then, I haven't turned the news on since the first day. I'm actually more than a little annoyed that I can't get any local news...I just don't see why the local news guys have to rehash what the network guys are saying. Very frustrating, we have a couple of fairly big trials going on locally and I'd like to know what is going on.
  13. by   semstr
    I watch the news on different newsnets, but not the whole day.
    I am pretty disgusted, by the way some newsnets work.
    You get the feeling, this war with real human beings, is nothing more then a new video-game.
  14. by   Gator,SN
    I did not watch TV at all during Desert Storm but now I do find myself switching channels and trying to catch up after I come home from school and work. It is starting to have a negative affect on me though because I am completely frustrated! It makes me so mad that some of the soldiers commited to this war have died in helicopter crashes. It makes no sense and seems so horrible. Two British helicopters collided just today..........Soldiers dying in accidents during a war, seems almost too much for me. I am working this weekend, so I'll get a break from it all.

    Gator

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