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There is a reason why expats are not glued to their TV sets like the West

By Dan Cheeseman

 

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Glancing through my Facebook news feeds reveal a lot to me. In one stroke of my thumb on my mobile I can view 20 or so news feeds and in less than a minute I can see what my UK and Expat friends are up too, and I must say their lifestyles are poles apart.

 

More so than ever I have been looking at the option of relocating to the UK with my family, driven mainly be my Russian wife. The problem is the more I dig deep into what it would be like to return, the more it petrifies me.

 

My fellow Brits spend much of their time posting on Facebook about a TV show called ‘Love Island’. They all have opinions about who on the reality show they love and who they don’t. This kind of thing does not go on with my fellow expats in Thailand and the reason is the lifestyle is so different.

 

I spoke to two of my friends back in the UK, both now with a family so we are in the same boat. They confirmed that when they got home from work they watched TV in the evening, it was how they spend their leisure time. They also spoke about how they live for the weekends as this is when they have two days where they do not need to work. What a life, how could I possibly go back to such humdrum after creating a more extraordinary life?

 

In the UK much of the year it is dark and cold in the evening, so even if you wanted to go out the weather would soon put you off. Thailand is, on the whole, year round sunshine and as such expats spend a much greater period of their leisure time out and about. Sun makes you happy and the cold does not.

 

Full story: https://danaboutthailand.com/2018/07/13/there-is-a-reason-why-expats-are-not-glued-to-their-tv-sets-like-the-west/

 

DAN ABOUT THAILAND

Weekly Vlogs and Blogs from in and around Thailand

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Well back in the UK near all the pubs that were on near every street have closed down so the TV took over..

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10 years ago when we bought our very nice house, one of the things we purchased was a big screen tv.  I think I've watched a total of 30 minutes on it in that time.  My wife is not much better.  The only one who really watches it is our son, and then only when there is a particular football game he would rather watch on it than his All-In-One computer in his room.  I think that's possibly twice a year.  Ahhh, but it looks so nice in our Entertainment Center. lol

 

 

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Posted (edited)

Live TV, movie viewing habits to continue sharp decline in 2018

This is in the US - TV capital of the world. It has a whole industry petrified. It has been in decline since 2014 and before that viewing was "stationary" at best. This is  backed up by my trips back home. There might be a sports game on but nothing else friends and family are watching. Cheesehead needs to get out more often, I bet its the same in the UK.

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But there is a certain attraction to love island I am told .. And not going to share that here..  Haha... Risky UK TV......

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1 hour ago, theguyfromanotherforum said:

Read the first sentence, knew exactly who wrote this

How could you not know?  He's the only contributor that highlights his name in red. I started reading the bold text and stopped after "Facebook news feed".  I went to the comments knowing they would be entertaining.

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4 hours ago, transam said:

Well back in the UK near all the pubs that were on near every street have closed down so the TV took over..

 

After many cinemas closed, TV is replacing the pubs as well. What a loss and what a shame.

I stopped watching TV about 20 years ago.

But now addicted to computer, youtube, e-mails and such...

 

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