I consistently find myself becoming exhausted as I wait up for Annelise to come home from rehearsal. Last week, during this normal practice, I fell asleep on the couch. When she got home, she turned on an episode of Monk to watch while she unwound and ate her dinner. I woke right up. There is something about a crime/mystery TV show that piques my interest. It was midnight, but I was wide awake. I love a good murder mystery. Whether it be Bones, Criminal Minds, CSI or Monk, I can't get enough. I know I'm not alone on this. Millions of TV viewers enjoy murder/crime shows as well, at least that's what the number say.
Who doesn't want to be entertained? Entertainment runs a huge gamut of activities but at risk of over simplifying, I venture to propose that there are 2 general schools of thought concerning entertainment. The first is that good entertainment should be relaxing, mindless and repetitive. I site playing games like Uno or watching a movie or even a sporting event. These types of activities let you go along for the ride and the activity without requiring much cognitive thinking on your part. You can "zone out". I don't find any fault with this first type of activity, in fact, I often find myself engaging in these types of activities when I need a break. The second type of entertainment is the type that forces you to use your brain. Examples include games like Risk, Settlers of Catan and puzzles like Cryptograms and Logic Puzzles. It is hard to ignore the self-satisfaction that you get when you correctly solve the puzzle or win the game.