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As of lately, I have been watching plenty of daytime television due to being momentarily unemployed. Does anyone out there notice how depressing and bleak the commercials are?

1. With all of the advertisements for personal injury attorneys, the assumption is made that many daytime viewers are sitting at home due to an automobile accident or work injury.

2. Daytime TV has a lot of commercials advertising business schools for quick career changes. The assumption is made that daytime viewers are at home due to unemployment or underemployment.

3. I have seen a lot of commercials for cheap cut-rate car insurance when the name-brand automobile insurance companies won't insure you.

4. There are commercials advertising automobile loans and new cars for those with bad credit. These people assume that many of the daytime TV viewers must have terrible credit.

5. Let's not forget about the commercials for affordable telephone and cable TV service with absolutely no credit checks whatsoever. Again, the assumption is made that the viewers have bad credit.

6. I've seen commercials where investors offer to purchase your home with a cash offer so you can avoid foreclosure. The assumption is made that the daytime TV viewers are in financial turmoil.

7. Plenty of diet pill commercials can be seen during the daytime hours, so the advertisers assume that the daytime TV viewers must be fat from sitting at home so damned much.

In a nutshell, these marketers seem to think that daytime viewers are plump, lacking money, undereducated, injured, and possessing bad credit histories. The more I think about these commercials, the bleaker the picture becomes. I attempt to keep count of the 'normal' demographic ads, but it seems that 80 to 90 percent of the commercials are targeted toward a 'down-and-out' demographic of the working poor. Any thoughts?

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One reason I watch Pay-Per-View or the other Premium channels.........no commercials.

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I too, am temporarily unemployed. Too bad it isn't summer. I don't have the tv on during the day. We don't have cable, used to but got rid of it a few years ago. We do have satellite radio-XM. We listen to that and will go days without even turning on the tv.

You are right about the commercials. I never payed much attention to them before. I guess they forget about all those people that work 2nd and 3rd shifts. But look who's making them. The big shots on Madison Ave. who only work days and can't fathom there is any other way of life.

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It's true.......and in the evening all the fast food commercials and restaurant "to go" commercials are out and about. More than likely targeting the working people who are coming home from work..........

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I guess the assumption is: most people at home during the day had terrible accidents that left them disabled. They can't get insurance because it's debatable about who cause the accident. Since they either haven't contacted one of those laywers yet, or the suit is still pending, they have bad credit and are about to lose their cars, cable, homes, which causes depression, so they eat too much to relieve the depression and find they need diet pills to help them lose the weight.

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That's why I don't watch TV during the day..........I don't need to be reminded that I'm unemployed, poor, fat, and depressed:lol2:

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That's why I don't watch TV during the day..........I don't need to be reminded that I'm unemployed, poor, fat, and depressed:lol2:

Oh Marla.........stop that! You know it's not true.

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The advertising/marketing industry is very shrewd.

Another example: Late night "Call me now" 1-900 numbers for the assumed losers without a girlfriend/wife.

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The advertising/marketing industry is very screwd.

Another example: Late night "Call me now" 1-900 numbers for the assumed losers without a girlfriend/wife.

Darn! Leah that's my night time job. 1-800-CALL-DORK :p

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It's true.......and in the evening all the fast food commercials and restaurant "to go" commercials are out and about. More than likely targeting the working people who are coming home from work..........
Thaks for pointing this out, Jess.

Once the clock strikes 5 p.m., the commercials for McDonalds, KFC, and Chili's suddenly start airing on TV. Interesting and sad...

And let's not forget about the many pizza commercials from Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Papa John's, etc.

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........sugary cereal and toy commercials on Saturday mornings..... beer, automobile, and razor commercials on Sunday afternoons and during Monday night football.....

Also, I remember when daytime commercials used to be filled with commercials about cleaning solutions, dish detergent, and feminine hygiene products. Now that there are not as many stay at home Moms and 'everyone' is now working, it is assumed, as the OP pointed out, the viewers are unemployed.

Everyone has heard that Religion is the opiate for the masses, I believe that Media and Pop Culture are.

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