I used to use commercials as an opportunity to go to the bathroom or put a bag of popcorn in the microwave for a snack. As I’ve gotten older, I don’t know if I’ve just gotten lazier (most likely) or if I’ve just finally realized that I have reasons to sit and watch the commercials on TV. Here are 7 reasons to watch commercials, in case you always thought they were a useless addition to television.
7. You’ll Know What Your Kids Are Watching
Have you ever heard your kids say something that caused you to wonder where on Earth they’d heard it? So many commercials are geared towards attracting the youth of today, with catchy tunes and flashy graphics. I bet your kids are singing a jingle they heard or repeating a phrase uttered on a commercial they saw. Knowing which commercials they like will clue in to what their current interests are or what makes them laugh.
6. You May Find That Perfect Present You’ve Been Searching for
I’m sure you’ve been watching a commercial and suddenly realized your search for the perfect gift is finally over. I know I have. If I haven’t found the ultimate gift, then I’ve at least come across a new store that might have exactly what I’m looking for.
5. They Make You Appreciate the Regular Programs More
Don’t you find you appreciate the movie more after you’ve seen a few commercials? I know I do. The 30 second blurb on a specific topic is rather quick, but it’s long enough to be rather annoying. Having a steady plot with characters I’m already familiar with is greatly appreciated after being exposed to an assortment of commercials.
4. It’s the Quickest Way to Find out about New Products on the Market
You can wait until Sunday to scan the ads stores place in the newspaper or sit and watch some commercials. When I’m not in the mood to read or don’t want to wait until the weekend to buy a newspaper filled with ads, I pay close attention to the commercials being shown on TV. They are an excellent way to be filled in on the hottest new items on the market.
3. You Might Learn Something New
There are tons of random facts that I’ve learned from watching commercials. Some are completely useless in everyday life, but interesting nonetheless. Most of the facts obtained from commercials are better suited for a game of trivia. Commercials about nutrition or medicinal products are often filled with facts about the human body and how it works. Having a background in science, I tend to find these commercials the most interesting.
2. They Can Be Very Entertaining
I’m sure most people watch the Super Bowl for the game itself, but I like to watch it for the commercials being shown instead. Companies pay tens of thousands to millions of dollars for a 30 second spot during the Super Bowl. For that price, the commercial better be extremely entertaining!
1. They Are Informative
Most commercials are filled with at least some type of useful information. The info may not be what you are looking for, but someone surely finds it to be useful. That is the sole purpose behind a commercial. The company is trying to fill you with enough information to make you want to go out and buy their product or sign up for their services.
This is my list of 7 reasons to watch commercials. Feel free to add your own reasons in the comment section. Do you find commercials helpful or more of a pain?
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