Watch more movies. No, I don’t just mean highly intellectual documentaries or Oscar-winning films. Watch anything from Dreamwork’s comedy “Shrek” to HBO Max’s drama “The Fallout”, or whatever makes you happy.
Movies are a great escape from everyday stressors. They’re fun, they’re great conversation-starters, they give you something to do, and the list goes on. There are a multitude of reasons to consider playing a movie instead of scrolling on Tiktok for hours to unwind for the day.
First of all, they expand your attention span.
Social media feeds the brain hundreds of quick videos, small texts, pictures, and sound. All of this stimulation leads to the need for more, which eventually leads to a harder time paying attention in class, at work and during conversations. It’s vital to take the time to quiet your brain down and focus on one thing: a movie.
If electronics are shut off and there are no distractions, watching a twohour movie with action, comedy, or even drama elements will make it easy to pay attention. Take it a step further and read a book which also has multiple benefits; however, a movie is a great start, too.
Socially speaking, movies are the perfect tool.
Hanging out with friends? Go to the movies. Broke? Stay in and watch a movie. Nothing to talk about with your coworkers? Bring up your favorite movies. The more you watch movies, the better you will be at knowing which ones you like and which ones to suggest.
To expand further about the social aspects, movies go beyond social gatherings. They are a huge part of pop culture, and they usually start conversations about social change.
By including deep themes and representation in big blockbusters or even small A24 films, movies force people to address social issues.
For example, the 2018 blockbuster “Black Panther” had a huge audience reflecting on the importance of representation in Hollywood. Films teach important lessons, and to be more knowledgeable about world issues without research, watch more movies.
I already mentioned earlier how movies provide an escape, but on the flipside, movies can reflect our own lives and help us cope differently. Issues we deal with on a daily basis can be the subject of a movie and help us learn how to deal with it in real life.
Unfortunately, grief is a very real human experience, and many films include it to some extent which can help people feel less lonely in their experience.
Movies are also inspirational. They spark creativity to begin a new project, pursue a specific career, or just drive overall ambition. They provide a newfound perspective of different lives to help guide our own, so you never know what you’re missing out on when you skip a movie.
With the popularity of streaming services, many great movies are at our fingertips. Create a watchlist and get to it. Appreciate the art
However, consuming too much media is not a good thing; it takes us away from real life and, just as it can be a healthy coping mechanism, it can very easily turn into an unhealthy habit.
Balance is key because appreciating art is a necessary human experience. It reflects our lives, provides an escape, and much more.
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