Confessions of a Soap Opera Addict

I must wean myself off the damned things. My DVR is starting to fill up, and hubby and I have a lot of network shows that we tape. When your bedtime is 7:30pm you tape everything.

EyesI do love my soaps! I got addicted all over again when I moved in with my mom last year. After she passed away, I moved back home and set my DVR to tape every episode. Watching them without mom was not as fun, and I should have quit then. But really good stuff was happening and I couldn’t let go yet. After they solve the mystery , I’ll stop taping them I told myself. And wouldn’t you know it, some other “can’t miss” exciting stuff started up before the mystery was over, so I had to continue on. ..

Pocket WatchI tape and save, but don’t watch them. Well, I do watch them when hubby is working on his shop (a.k.a. man cave), or before he gets home from work. But today I watched 2 days worth out of 30.  I am starting to stress over how many I have to watch to catch up. I wonder what my therapist would say about that. Never mind. I know what she would say, and she would be blunt about it too.

I decided that I will turn off the auto recording of the soaps. I can watch the 28 days worth at my leisure. Then go back to checking in with them on the occasional holiday or sick day when I’m home during the week. But no more recordings!  I will just have to put up with the advertisement breaks every 7 minutes.

I’m glad that quitting soap operas will be easier than quitting nicotine. Nothing in this world is tougher than giving up cigarettes. Nothing.


8 thoughts on “Confessions of a Soap Opera Addict

  1. It’s probably for the best that you’re quitting them, as I recall hearing that the networks are going to be slowly dropping them from daytime television. I don’t know how many of them are even left on the air anymore, but I heard the number is dwindling and that well-known characters (with bigger salaries) are being axed to save money, since the soaps aren’t generating revenue the way they used to. But I’ll always remember loving “Guiding Light” during college, and of course, Luke and Laura’s wedding and adventures on “General Hospital.”


  2. I used to watch them, try to catch them at lunchtime. But since I’ve retired, I have real things to do and when you think about it, the stories really are too phony! I’ve got a life to live, not a phony one to watch on TV!! I only record movies. So glad you kicked the nicotine habit! Life is Good!


  3. I was a stay-at-home mom when my kids were young and watched those things for years. I mean, from eleven in the morning till three in the afternoon, and did my housework early in the morning and during commercials. I finally had to make myself stop cause I was more consumed with the characters lives then I was my own. I found when I did push myself away, and went back months later just to ‘check it out’ that the storyline really hadn’t moved that much. Wow! You posting about this sounds oddly familiar with how I’m now dealing with my subscriptions, subscribers, and flood of emails. Time to make some changes so I can begin focusing on what’s important. Umm…ME! 🙂


  4. Years ago, when I as addicted to “Days of Our Lives” I only taped the Friday and Monday shows. All the exciting stuff happens on Fridays with cliffhangers that are resolved on Mondays. So you can cut 60% of your soaps and not miss a thing.


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