Getting Out of the TV Menu Blackhole

By Julius Choudhury

How many hours do you think you’ve spent over the last few year’s scrolling through Netflix menus? Most of us have lost whole evenings on the hunt for something to watch. We scroll and scroll, knowing full well if there was something we really wanted to watch we’d have found it by now. Bypassing things that we’re actually interested in, in the hope of something better further down.

How many times have you lost that long looking at menus that, but by the time you’ve found something, it’s too late and you fall asleep halfway through? The menu blackhole is something that we’ve all fallen into and found ourselves unable to climb back out of.

What a waste of time! If you are fed up with the TV menu blackhole, here are some tips to help you out of it.

Create a List

If you see something that you fancy while scrolling, but don’t want to watch right now, or don’t have the time for, add it to a list. If you see a new release that you haven’t got time for but would like to watch, add it to a list. These lists can be digital, on your streaming platform, or even the old fashioned way with a pen and paper. However you make them, they will save you time, and completely eliminate the need to scroll through the menus when you want to find something to watch.

You could even write down movies that are out at the cinema, that you’ve missed your chance to see, to search for online later on.

Get More Options

Perhaps you can’t find anything that you want to watch because your streaming service or entertainment package just isn’t offering you the things that you want. can give you a new option. More content, more choice, less chance of giving up and returning to that TV box set that you’ve seen hundreds of times.

Be Willing to Try New Things

Sometimes, to avoid hours spent scrolling through menus, you just need to be willing to try different things that you might not usually watch. Or even to accept the recommendations of friends without much thought. Give things a chance. Even if they don’t excite you at first glance, surely they’ll be more enjoyable than watching menus for hours?

Set Yourself a Time Limit

Give yourself 15 minutes to pick a film. After that 15 minutes, you have to watch something, or turn the TV off and do something else. Make this a firm rule that you stick to.

Watch the First Thing You Fancy

Instead of carrying on in the hope of something better, watch the first thing that you see that you fancy. You can always turn it off and pick something else if you aren’t enjoying it after the first 20 minutes.

Make the Decision for Yourself

If you are watching TV with a partner, it can actually be worse. You each expect the other to decide, or try hard to think about what the other person would like to see. Be bold, and just make a decision without hours of “I don’t mind. What do you want to watch?”

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Getting Out of the TV Menu Blackhole
We waste a lot of time just to find out what we really want to watch. Because the menu black hole is puzzling our minds. Here are some tips to bypass menu black hole and quickly jump off to your favorite show.
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