Because of the wide variety of home-viewing devices and services available these days, it is no wonder people want to enjoy the “big-screen” from the comforts of their home. In fact, according to a Pew Research Center survey, three-quarters of all adults say they would prefer watching movies at home rather than in a movie theatre. But it’s not just about how advanced home-theatres are getting, here are ten other reasons people are going to the movies, at home.
Going to the movies is getting to be quite an expensive outing and with everything going 3D, prices will likely keep rising. Taking the family to a movie can easily cost over $150. Renting a movie will cost you a fraction of what you would pay to be out and can just as easily bring the whole family together, without all the hassle.
You Don’t Have To Worry About Time
With our society’s fast-paced, jam-packed schedules adding yet another time constraint seems like an unnecessary stress to add to our lives. By watching a movie at home, you get to choose the time it is most convenient for you and your movie buddy or buddies, without the worry of being late and missing anything.
You Don’t Have To Worry About Getting There
Whether you’re taking public transportation, a taxi or driving there, getting to the movie theatre can be yet another cost and another irritation. Avoiding traffic, gas and parking costs are just some of the many reasons people prefer staying home.
You Don’t Need Sit Next To Strangers
While some may enjoy the experience of being out amongst people, if you’re agoraphobic and have a fear of public places, you don’t need to deal with stress of being in a crowded place with lots of people.
You Don’t Have To Worry About Line-Ups or Seating
Depending which movie you’re going to see, you may have to wait in some pretty long line-ups just to ensure tickets. Sometimes you’ll even need to make it to the movie a few hours earlier just to ensure you and whoever you’re going to see the flick with can sit next to each other. It is becoming increasingly common for people to wait the 252 days (average theatrical window for movies before they are released on DVD) and enjoy the movie snuggled up on their couch.
You Can Pause and Not Miss a Thing
After you’ve drank a gallon of Coke, there’s a good chance you’ll need to relieve yourself. But when you have already paid over $10 to see the movie and don’t want to miss out on anything important, you may have to squirm uncomfortably in your seat until the show ends. Since most everyone else in the theatre will be doing the same, you can then expect another 5-10 minute wait at the bathroom line-up when the movie’s over.
You Can Eat Healthier Snacks
Sure, junk food is a movie staple but it’s also ridiculously bad for you. Researchers found movie theater popcorn can contain anywhere from 400 to 1,200 calories, with 1 to 3 days worth of saturated fat and up to 1,500 milligrams of sodium. Make it a combo and add 300 to 1,110 empty calories worth of candy and another 150 to 500 calories from a sugary soft drink to wash it all down. At home, you can make your own movie snacks with natural ingredients, which are 10 times healthier for you and just as delicious. (Well, almost.)
You Can Discuss the Movie Without Bothering Anyone
Sometimes we miss details or have questions about the movie and if you are watching it with kids, there might be quite a bit of explaining to do. At home, you can feel free to put the movie on pause and allow for some discussion and clarification, which may even enhance your movie experience as a whole.
You Don’t Have To Worry About Inconsiderate Audience Members
It seems there always has to be one or a few annoying audience members talking loudly, calling or texting on their cell phones or perhaps kicking your seat while they try and put their feet up on your chair. By watching a movie at home you can say goodbye to those inconsiderate audience members.
You Can Make-Out Without Getting Kicked Out
Some of you may say “Wait! Making out in public is one of the best parts about going to the movies.” True the danger of getting caught does add an element of excitement to the whole thing but consider how much further you can get when you’re at home.