I know a lot of people who think using subtitles while watching a movie is stupid, and honestly, I totally understand. For one, the subtitles often come on before they say something, and so it kinda ruins the effect. It also doesn’t always say the same thing the people say, and it kinda takes your attention away from actually watching the movie if you have to read the subtitles.
So why do I always use subtitles? Well, here it is. I have hearing loss in my right ear. I cannot hear anything in the vocal range at all. So as far as my everyday life goes, I am completely deaf in my right ear. I only hear half of what everyone else hears.
You might point out that I don’t have subtitles for life, and I do perfectly fine. It’s a valid point. But here’s the thing, in life (most of the time) I am face-to-face with the person I’m talking to. And believe it or not, I can read lips and facial expressions very well. I rely on them to fill in anything I don’t hear in a conversation. I really don’t like asking people to repeat themselves because if I did every time I didn’t hear something, then we wouldn’t be able to have a normal conversation. So my life is pretty much a big game of Fill In The Blank. Except that I’m the only one playing it, and only half the people know that, so they think I’m just a little slow. Here are a few prime examples of what I mean:
Mom:“Nice hat!” she says to Harvey while we are bowling
Me:“It’s mine” *everyone looks at me awkwardly* She said EFFORT… not hat.
That horrifying moment when you realize that it is not King Griffey Jr. It is Ken. No. I refuse to believe this!
Enoch: “What is the cleanest steak? WASHington.”
Me “What? why is Washington a steak?”
He said STATE.
My boss (at the garden where I work): “Your bike is nice and dirty.”
Me “Yeah just like my pants.”
He said STURDY
When your mom says “get your brother a wife.” and then you realize she said WIPE.
Mom: “You are a unique b*tch. Write about it.”
My mother NEVER swears.
She said, “You have a unique niche, write about it.”
[These are all on my Twitter account.]
So you see what I mean? I have to fill in the blank and assume the best in people. And also, in a movie you don’t always see the person talking. So you have no body language or lip reading to go off of.
My friends and family are used to having subtitles when I watch movies with them, and some of them even use subtitles even if I’m not there.
Do you use subtitles? Why, or why not?