07 Apr Guilty Pleasures
A recent study by Vudu.com, for which they interviewed 2,000 Americans, reveals their 30 most common guilty pleasures. Here is a list of the top 10:
- Ordering take out because you can’t be bothered to cook 42%
- Falling asleep watching TV 41%
- Sneaking an extra scoop of ice cream 38%
- Putting off a task 35%
- Buying yourself a treat 35%
- Singing out loud in the car 34%
- Staying in your pajamas all day 32%
- McDonald’s 32%
- Binging a whole TV show in one day 28%
- Watching TV all day 28%
I was surprised to see what some people consider guilty pleasures. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a guilty pleasure is “something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt.” In the list above, though, there are some things that would never make me feel guilty: Singing out loud in the car? That’s just fun! Staying in your pajamas all day? It’s not something I usually do, but on the rare occasions I have indulged, it made feel great. Putting off a task perhaps will make me feel guilty, but it does not bring me any pleasure.
Further down the list there are things that I find even weirder to qualify as guilty pleasures, such as “People watching” (I love people watching!).
My guilty pleasures tend to be things that I am reluctant to confess, because they makes me look less… I don’t know…intelligent, cultivated, in control, perfect. A big one for me is bingeing on Netflix series—especially if they are not high quality.
In the last few months, with the darkness that has enveloped the world, I’ve felt a need to escape reality and I got hooked to two series that are not my typical TV fare. One of them is a Korean historical romance entitled The King’s Affection, which narrates the story of a princess disguised as a man to succeed on the throne, and her love affair with her young teacher. It is corny in both topic and style; whenever there is a romantic moment, the action stops, and you get a cheesy ballad over a long montage of sugary scenes. I mean.. this is not great storytelling. Yet, I was mesmerized throughout.
First, the clothes are magnificent, and the main characters are very handsome. Second, the fallacy of perfect love and perfect characters allowed me to linger for a couple of hours (or more) in a world where good people are always good, romantic love is always loyal, and you know there will eventually be a happy ending.
It came to a point that just hearing the romantic ballad calmed me down; even throughout the day, that ballad would pop up in my head whenever I felt stressed and helped me relax, like a Pavlovian tool that immediately provoked a conditioned response. I was sad when I finished the series, but not sad enough to watch it again. ????
The other one, which I am still watching today, is entitled The Last Kingdom (I guess I’m in a royal mood). It’s so different from what I usually watch that it shocked me that I got into it. It’s also a historical fiction, based in what is now England but was a series of independent reigns in the 9th and 10th centuries. The gist of the series is the battles between Saxons and Vikings, and there is a LOT of violence and blood, something that I usually abhor. Even though I don’t particularly like the battle scenes, I enjoy the escapism of living in a completely different reality for a few hours.
Yes, perhaps I waste a lot of time with these guilty pleasures, but they serve a purpose: they soften the landing of the day, they relax me, and they ready me to keep on hitting hard all my goals the next day.
What are your guilty pleasures?