Víctor Romero: New entertainment models

How many hours a day do you watch television at home? When the first televisions came out, there was family time to watch television together, now each family member does it individually and on demand.

Good morning dear readers, thank you very much for taking a few minutes to read today’s column on coffee and technology.

I remember that at my grandmother’s house there were two televisions, a black and white one of about 17″ in the secondary bedroom and one more than 29″ perhaps, in the living room; there were schedules, 1 hour of television a day, which was enough for my sister and me to watch two cartoons (Don cat and the Flintstones in general), color television, my grandfather turned it on when there was an important event like the Olympics , the soccer World Cup, the visit of the Pope or the report of the president), by the way, there I learned that even if the national anthem is sung on television, you have to stop and salute the flag.

Forty years later, at home, there is only one television, which is used about 6 hours a week and it is not because my children watch less television, but because each one watches their series, programs, and social networks from their phone in their bedroom. or in any area of ​​the house; We’ve even gone for breakfast and my daughter’s boyfriend watches the races on her phone while they bring us breakfast.

The entertainment is available at any time of the day and the time that the user decides to use it, the same happens with the information, with the education and with other programs for growth and spirituality.

Worldwide, millions of minutes are produced in content production, from reels for social networks (tiktok, Instagram, Facebook for example) to programs, documentaries and live events. But what does this mean? We would think that ending the production of on-demand or live material would return us to the habits we once had, and I think that is not the case, information, entertainment, and education are already universal and democratized. , each person chooses how they want to see and enjoy it; go to the cinema or stay home to watch a movie, attend a university or be a digital nomad and educate yourself from wherever you are in the world, go to the stadium, or enjoy it at home with a good family barbecue to watch a party and so with other disciplines. Trying to go against it, I think, is going backwards, instead, we have the opportunity of the universality of information, education and entertainment.

Our work is in the substance and not in the form, it is in working on the values, now with the 3rd generation, my wife (aunt Dulce) tries to make the house an entertainment center with our grandchildren, there is also television time, but he always seeks to do it in an interactive way, singing along with the children the songs that are shown on TV on demand. On the other hand, universities that encourage face-to-face work, in teams with students in other countries and on demand, so that students choose and study a subject on demand. In another example, the churches give those who cannot attend Mass for health or physical reasons the opportunity to do so from wherever they are.

As I have mentioned in previous columns, well-focused technology is an extraordinary tool to make our lives easier and expand our scope in a global world.

Today I accompanied the writing with an American coffee, made with Colombian beans, very charged to enjoy the notes of citrus and cocoa; aromatic and with medium acidity.

I wish you an extraordinary weekend in the company of family and friends!

Víctor Romero: New entertainment models