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When watching commercial TV, how do you most often treat commercials?

TV commercials can be booooooring, especially when you see the same ones played over and over and over again. And why do they have to put in so many during movies?

When watching commercial TV, do you usually watch the commercials? Do you ignore them and go do something in another room (or use the restroom)? Do you mute them? Fast forward through them? Or, maybe you don’t watch TV or have a streaming service that doesn’t show commercials (now that’s nice!). Please tell us your answer in the poll below. Thanks!

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DLC
19 days ago

I use commercials like a timer. If I can hear commercial I still have time to get something more useful done.

DLC
19 days ago
Reply to  DLC

I USE commercials like a time. Wouldn’t let me edit.

KEN LAILER
23 days ago

I usually run about doing other things during commercials. If the program is recorded, I just fast forward through them. This question can be answered two ways. You never stated if LIVE TV or Recorded TV programs.

Neal Davis
24 days ago

When we can, we fast forward through commercials. When we cannot fast forward, then we mute them. Almost everything that we watch is recorded to watch later, hence our ability to utilize fast forward.

Rich
24 days ago

we record nearly everything and simply fast forward thru them.

Henry Famularo
24 days ago

Almost universally the volume of commercials is 2x what you have your volume set to, so I mute them if I’m not able to fast forward through them.

Lawrence Neely
24 days ago

I have a dvr which can have multiple channels on so I can just flip to a different channel to avoid the commercials

Deborah Johnson
24 days ago

I get up and go to the bathroom.

KellyR
24 days ago

After watching some commercials, I still have no idea what they were trying to sell me. ??
“A new store opening in your area.” – And they don’t tell me where it is located. ?? “This new car has 5 cup holders and a sound system.” – No mention of gas mileage or even if it goes anywhere – OR some little car shown to be mountain climbing. ?? Every insurance company can save me $500 over every other insurance company? I guess they all think I am stupid OR – maybe I am?? No wonder that every generation thinks the next generation is going to “hell in a hand basket” I guess we all become our parents and grandparents.
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Jeff Craig
24 days ago

My Dish Hopper auto-Hops over most commercials, otherwise I use the 30 second FF button and get past that nonsense. When I’m streaming on Hulu or Paramount (which has commercials), I just mute the TV and set a timer on Alexa to alert me when they end.

Diane Mc
24 days ago

DVR at home & in motorhome. FF thru commercials. Might, rarely, stop on a car or food ad if something catches our eye. Only watch live if there is a serious breaking news story. Don’t even watch sports events, like the Super Bowl (if we watch) live. Besides not liking the ads, consumes too much time to watch live.

Ken
24 days ago

The network news are the worst offenders. Twelve minutes of news followed by a long list of pharmaceuticals, 30 second news snipet, 4 more RX commercials, 1 minute news snipet, more Rx commercials and finally a puff piece on something cutesy.
Who buys insurance from an emu, an elk or a man named Jake, or a couple of girls jumping rope on the pier?

Jeff Craig
24 days ago
Reply to  Ken

Answer: Old People.

Lawrence Neely
24 days ago
Reply to  Ken

you forgot the 5 different lawyer commercials suing the pants off the insurance companies.

Bugsy
24 days ago

We record everything we watch to be able to watch when it is convenient and to be able pause and fast forward through commercials. Accept when we come across Green Bay Packer Rodger State Farm commercials. Have to watch those. Lol

Tom
24 days ago
Reply to  Bugsy

Rogers are the one ads I make sure to FF thru

Gene Bjerke
24 days ago

Usually I mute; but if they are on a recorded show, I fast forward.

Ray
24 days ago

Good survey. I’m aware of the impact of TV commericals, this goes for news as well. We are largely a product of what we watch on TV. I will watch the Superbowl ads for humor and inventiveness but I personally distain from commercials as a rule. I hope the end result is I’m a more discerning person.

Bob Palin
24 days ago
Reply to  Ray

It’s not a good survey because almost all the responders will actually do several of the choices depending on the situation.

John Harpel
24 days ago

I actually emailed a company about one of their commercials that I thought was demeaning to the people portrayed in it and they thanked me for the email and discontinued use of that commercial. Try that

Mike H
24 days ago

For some time now we auto-record nearly every program we want to watch. We then FF through commercials. If we have to watch live programs, we mute during commercials. So many commercials now-a-days are just annoying and don’t contain much valuable/useful information about the product. Clearly directed at a different demographic than my wife and I are in.

About the only commercials we watch consistently is when Subaru puts on a new dog commercial driving one of their cars. Those are pretty cute. Doesn’t make me go out and buy a Subaru, but we do like them!

Lawrence Neely
24 days ago
Reply to  Mike H

tells me Subaru’s are only good for dogs, so people should not buy them

Robert Nelson
24 days ago

When a commercial plays I pick up my phone and say the company name plus complaints. Amazing how many companies lie and have many complaints from insurance company’s , car warranty companies. Some say they have an A+ BBB rating and they’re not registered with them. Try it, it’s quite enlightening.

Bob p
24 days ago

Most of the commercials are designed and made by Millennials so they don’t make much sense to this old codger

Jim G.
24 days ago

I needed another option. “I don’t watch TV”. Facebook, You tube, and RV Travel take up too much of my time.

Bill
24 days ago

I mute on live TV and FF on recorded TV.

People triggered by commercials with non-white actors can either accept the demographic reality of the USA or admit something about yourselves.
The government is not forcing companies to change their actors. The companies do it because, guess what, that’s the purchasing audience.

John Macatee
24 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Look in the mirror

Barry
24 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Why would you even say that?!?!