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I used to believe that my life was a big story that a babysitting was reading to a child every night. The book had chapters according to the number of years I was old. I thought that everynight when I went to bed the child went to bed too and the book was closed.
I believed growing up that I was the star of a television show. Cameras constantly following and capturing every moment of my life for all to see. People only existed when interacting with me or being in the vicinity of my being. So I would also wonder what happens to these "characters" once I am gone. Do they disappear? Safe to say that bathroom moments were pretty embarrassing.
When I was a child I used to believe that all adults (as well as any child who wasn't my friend) were actors and were secretly spying on my life (kind of like the Truman Show). I thought that this "spying" was how certain adults such as teachers knew personal details such as my full name and home address.
I used to believe that if I danced well enough when the music shows were on then if I was the best someone would come and give me a prize becuase of course the people on the TV could see you dancing
Once, when I was about four, I saw a really fat kid on Reading Rainbow, and told my mom I thought he was fat. My mom told me not to say that, because people in the TV could hear everything you say. For three years, whenever a friend said something bad about a person or show on the TV, I would tell them that the actors' feelings would be hurt, because they could hear you. I finally found out the truth, when I told this to a friend when her mother was in the room, and the mom laughed and explained that they couldn't hear us, but that didn't mean we should say rude things about them.
I used to think the old BBC logo that was on one of my videos as a child was evil and wanted me to be dead.
I used to belive that there were hidden cameras all over the place and they were being viewed 24/7 by movie makers everywere.(this is how I thought movies were made)So since I wanted to be in a movie so bad,i always did everything whith a lot of drama.I even made putting on peanut butter on a sandwich look cool and matrixy.i also did everything in slow motion and do cartweels on the street and also do front flips off my bed.
I used to believe hat the news readers could see into my living room so i sed to undress behind the couch.
When i was little about 5 or 6 i used to think that flys were spys and were watching and recording my every move. And that when i went to bed and the flys went away and would show everythng bad i had done to my mum and dad! How else did they know about all the bad things i had done?
When I was 6 I thought that I am a TV character and that the episodes start when I woke up in the morning,so every morning I would dance and sing thinking that this is the intro.
When I was little I used to believe that whenever a lightbulb was not on, it turned into an eye which could see me, big brother style... And insisted on turning lights on everywhere I went. I only got to sleep with the light off when I was 13!
When I was younger someone told me that there was a special chip inside Furbys so the government could use them and spy on everyone. To this very day my Furby still faces the wall.
When i was around 5, I was convinced my parents had video cameras installed all over my room. i used to sit in there by myself, and talk to every possible bit of the wall so I would be looking in the lens and they would know I knew they were there. I'd sit there saying, 'I know your watching me' and 'i can see the cameras, do you think im stupid?' lol...
You know when they say on shows around how many people are watching? Well I used to believe that they had hidden cameras in every T.V, so just to annoy them, I would make faces and tell them that I hated the show.
This started when I was about 11. I had these heartthrob posters on my wall. (My favorite was Shaun Cassidy.) Well, I would not get undressed in front of them, because I thought he could see me. This lasted way into my teens.
I thought when my Mum used to watch 'Coronation Street' on TV that she was actually watching real people in their everyday lives. Which made me think English people were watching us on their TV's. Wonder where the camera's were hidden??
I used to believe that in order to get the raitings of how many people watched their show, spys would go to every house, every hour and peek into the windows to see what people watched. When ever the clock said that it was 5:59 etc. I would look out the window trying to catch the spys. My sister asked me what I was doing, and I was conviced that the spys weren't there because she talked too loud, and they heard her.
I was an active TV watcher as a kid. But, oddly, as a very small child, I was afraid of the set when it was switched off, especially if the room was darkened. I was somehow convinced that when the TV was off, it could watch ME. This was the era of big, ugly console TVs, and those huge cathode ray tubes that, when switched off, shrunk the picture down to a single raster line that would then slowly converge into a bright "dot" in the center of the screen. Maybe I thought that dot was an "eye" that could see me.
I also remember being freightened when technical difficulties would interrupt a program, and the sudden silence was broken by the repeated recorded sound of a stentorian basso voice proclaiming "PLEASE STAND BY!" I would almost pee my pants, and have to quickly change the channel.
I would always put books, magazines, VHSes and DVDs front cover-down because I believed the characters on the front cover would watch what I was doing and judge me.
My friend across the street told me (and I believed for a long time) that Native Americans lived on the nearby hills, and were listening to everyone with powerful tape recorders and other fancy spy gadgets. If a child cursed, the Indians would tell their parents about it.
Needless to say, I was relieved to find out this was false.