Watching TV with Someone Smart is the Worst

Most people don’t know this, but when you start watching a new TV show, you enter into an implicit agreement. For the show’s part, it is agreeing to provide entertainment. This includes interesting characters and a compelling story. For your part, you are agreeing to accept the world created in the series. So in a series, if 2+2=5, then so be it. I accept that. And by accepting a show’s logic, I open myself up to enjoying that show.

Most people abide by this unspoken agreement, but I’ve noticed a certain type of person who refuses to get with the program, and as a result, can’t enjoy most TV shows and threatens the enjoyment of those around him/her. This type of person is the worst type of person with whom to watch TV, and I know, because I married one. I am, of course, referring to a scientifically minded person. If I had a dollar for every time I heard “physics” as the reason cited for why something doesn’t make sense in a series, I’d have enough money to host my own version of Who Want to Be a Millionaire? I took science classes in college (unfortunately, I couldn’t graduate without them), but saying “physics” doesn’t do much for me in the way of an explanation. Yet he says physics and then looks at me as if it explains everything…it doesn’t!

This is the same type of person who also can’t enjoy a good BuzzFeed quiz. If you turn to friends or coworkers, and state you’re going to ask them questions to determine which ’90s rap icon they are or what character they would play in a Disney movie, and they start questioning the methodology used to determine the answers…shut down the conversation. You’re trying to engage scientifically minded people in frivolity, and they’re not having it.

The point I’m trying to make is that scientifically minded people can’t and won’t be changed, so don’t even try. For the sake of your sanity, and theirs, skip the sci-fi shows and anything having to do with zombies. (How are they still walking around? I don’t know; they just are.) Instead, appreciate your scientifically minded friends for who they are, and know that you’ll always have company when you get bored enough to watch How It’s Made.

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