I was talking to a doctor friend of mine a while back about TV shows. I’m always interested in the specifics of what people do for a living. So naturally, we talked about hospital themed shows. To my surprise, my friend hated shows that I liked such as ER and House MD.
He explained to me that as much as he liked the drama, the unrealistic factors(medical) in those shows totally turned him off. I guess it’s something I can’t spot since I’m not a doctor, or work in a hospital. Then I realized I’m somewhat the same way about shows or movies that are related to my profession too.
I remember watching “The Net” in 1995. The entire time I was nick-picking the inaccuracies of the web technologies. Who would ever order a pizza online??(OK I now admit that movie was ahead of its time) All the UIs were impossible to implement back then. Clearly another Hollywood butch job of reality. Let’s not even get started with Swordfish.
Sometimes I wonder if a real spy would snicker at Burn Notice, or a real lawyer would shakes his head at Boston Legal. Chances are they probably just sit back and enjoy the show. I’ve learned to do the same. Most of the time I just shut my brain off when it comes to TV/Movies. Over analyzing ruins the fun.
One thing I still have problem getting over is when I look at web sites. Whenever my wife shows me a site she likes, I find myself immediately trying to view or validate its source code. Then she’d give me the look of “who the hell does this you nerd?” I think given what I do as a web designer, sometimes I forget that, 99% of the web users out there don’t care about what’s under the hood. Maybe, sometimes I just need to relax and enjoy what a web site has to offer, than analyzing how it’s built.
Does your job ruin your fun?