By: Karenna Barmada
“There’s 104 days of summer vacation, and school comes along just to end it.”
Growing up, Phineas and Ferb, like so many other Disney and Nickelodeon shows, represented happily sitting in front of the TV with my brothers on a Saturday morning. Watching it now makes many of us feel safe and like our problems aren’t as big. Especially with all the uncertainty in the world right now, it is nice to know how a show will end. No surprises, just the staple Disney theme song that somehow never gets old.
Samantha Feldman, a B-CC Junior, says that her days since quarantine started have been feeling “very repetitive, and isolating.” She has been watching That’s So Raven along with other early 2000’s Disney shows in her free time, and she says that doing so has “made a small part of [her] day happy.” The simple act of laughing along with elementary level puns and commentary relaxes her more than any face mask could.
The University of Chicago released a study in its Journal of Consumer Research stating that re-watching shows, or to that effect, re-reading books, affects the brain in ways that are comforting and give you a boost of happiness. This study concludes that re-watching shows that were once precious to you reaffirms the joy that you once felt in them, and so it confirms your individual experience. The added element of nostalgia you get from watching shows that you watched when you were a child makes the experience alike to hanging out with an old friend.
Kal Doherty, a recent B-CC graduate, said that “watching Avatar feels like reliving [his] childhood and remembering times when everything was simpler and happy.” He said that watching Avatar, if even just one episode, and “remembering how it felt to be a kid, left [him] with more energy.” A common piece of advice for our new seniors, if college application season starts to be a little much, is maybe watch an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place or two of Hannah Montana. If that doesn’t work, maybe break out the legos—also, Good Luck Charlie.