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Ever wonder why you read the same book or watch the same show over and over again?

"Other times, the film simply serves as ambient noise while I fall asleep."

“Other times, the film simply serves as ambient noise while I fall asleep.”

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that I have repeatedly watched—to some degree—the same movie each night before going to bed.  Oftentimes, I cut straight to my favorite parts and mouth choice lines even before they grace my iPad’s screen.  Other times, the film simply serves as ambient noise while I fall asleep.

Have you ever had a similar experience?  Stopped to reflect: Why this particular movie considering you have watched so many others?

According to Scientific American writer Sunny Sea Gold, people tend to “use familiar entertainment to measure how their lives have changed in positive ways.”  While in a study conducted by Cristel Antonia Russell as cited in Gold (2012) on people who had “recently ‘reconsumed’ a book, movie, or vacation spot,” it was gleamed that the respondents engage in familiar activities due to the comfort that they will receive from it (e.g., excitement, laughter, relaxation, etc.).

In addition, the respondents also “gained personal insight” and some measure of “growth” based whenever they watched the rerun or jumped back into that familiar book.

What was your personal insight?  Was it a positive or negative one?

Why not get a pen and paper and jot down some notes today.

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  1. Andy Dede
    08/19/2013 at 8:08 pm

    I am British, but a big fan of some of the American Sitcoms which were shown on UK television. Due to work I do I tend to travel away from the UK for months and sometimes years. As a result I watch a lot of YouTube and DVD.s; I find that I have watched a number of shows over and over and over again. I would say that they bring me a form of comfort and relaxation, and I do often go to sleep having them on in the background too. The fact that I have access to these sitcoms makes my stay away from home all the more bearable.

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