The escape hatch

Why do waiting rooms at a doctor’s clinic often have televisions?

Waiting in a doctor’s lounge is boring. The television at the lounge is a portal for its patients to escape this boredom as they wait for their turn. Even a television on mute does this job well enough.

And then there are people whose television is switched on whenever they are at home. Even if they aren’t actively watching the TV, it stays on in the background. Why is that? Is it also to escape boredom? In that case, is boredom the default state of their mind?

Today, we have several other escape hatches that are more effective than television. But whenever our eyes wander to one of their screens, what are we trying to escape from?

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