• tv on desk with beach palm sea summer
    1. Cable TV, every channel included
  • man with laptop on colorful beach of island
    2. Three social media platforms of my choice (minus messaging, calls and adding comments)
  • A handsome man relaxing on a book reading on the beach
    3. Unlimited books and music
  • The guy is playing on the console
    4. PlayStation with unlimited games
  • Old white piano on a sandy beach
    5. Unlimited paint supplies or musical instruments
  • Man working with a laptop, on a hammock in the beach
    6. A computer with all the software I desire (but no internet connection)

If you were stranded on a deserted island for a year, which form of entertainment would be a must-have?

March 23, 2018
  • 1. Cable TV, every channel included
  • 2. Three social media platforms of my choice (minus messaging, calls and adding comments)
  • 3. Unlimited books and music
  • 4. PlayStation with unlimited games
  • 5. Unlimited paint supplies or musical instruments
  • 6. A computer with all the software I desire (but no internet connection)

Stranded but Entertained: Choosing Your Desert Island Companion

Imagine this: you’re stranded on a deserted island, surrounded by nothing but sand, waves, and the occasional coconut. While the scene might sound like something straight out of a survivalist reality show, let’s add a twist—what if you could bring one form of entertainment? What would you choose to keep you sane for an entire year?

man on the deserted island

Cable TV: A Window to the World

First up, we have the option of cable TV, with every channel included. For the TV enthusiasts, this could be a dream come true. Imagine catching up on all the shows you’ve missed, watching every sports game live, and binging documentaries on things you might never see in real life—like icebergs or bustling city centers.

A survey showed that the average American watches about 28 hours of TV per week. That’s a lot of screen time, which could potentially be comforting when the only other option is talking to a volleyball. This choice is perfect for those who want a taste of everything from the comfort of their sandy couch.

Three Social Media Platforms: Silent Observer

Opting for three social media platforms of your choice on a deserted island offers a unique form of entertainment. While you won’t be able to engage through comments, messages, video chats, or voice calls, the joy comes from silently scrolling.

This option keeps you connected to the pulse of the world through a one-way mirror. You can observe the unfolding of global events, catch the latest viral trends, and enjoy a plethora of content without interacting. It’s an ideal choice for those who prefer to stay informed and entertained from the sidelines, feeling connected to the world at large without direct communication.

woman stranded on the island

Unlimited Books and Music: Feed Your Mind and Soul

For the bookworms and music lovers, could there be a better choice than unlimited books and music? Whether it’s diving into the depths of “Moby Dick” or grooving to the Beatles, this option promises endless hours of engagement.

Books and music not only entertain but also educate, providing a mental escape from the physical confines of the island. A survey indicated that reading reduces stress by 68%, making it a more effective relaxation method than listening to music or taking a walk. On an island, where stress is likely your constant companion, this option might just be your best bet.

PlayStation: Game Your Way Through the Year

For the gamers, having a PlayStation with unlimited games is like hitting the jackpot. From the adrenaline-pumping action of “Call of Duty” to the intricate worlds of “The Witcher,” games can offer an escape into numerous exciting universes.

Gaming is known to improve problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination. It can also be a great way to maintain your reflexes when the most exciting part of your day is usually dodging hermit crabs.

Unlimited Paint Supplies or Musical Instruments: Unleash Your Inner Artist

Perhaps you’re the creative type, for whom a year alone on an island sounds like the perfect artist’s retreat. With unlimited paint supplies or musical instruments, the world (or at least the island) is your canvas.

This choice is about more than just keeping busy; it’s about expressing yourself and documenting your island experience in a unique way. Who knows, your island-inspired compositions or tropical landscapes might just become the next big hit in the art world.

A Computer with All the Software You Desire

Last but not least, a computer loaded with every software you could ever want—minus the internet connection. For the tech-savvy, this could include everything from advanced video editing software to 3D modeling programs. You could write the next great American novel, design a house, or even learn to code better.

This option is perfect for those who love to tinker and create. And who knows? You might emerge from the island not just with a killer tan but also with marketable skills that could change your career path.


Each entertainment choice offers a unique way to cope with the solitude and challenges of being stranded on a deserted island. Whether you’re tuning into the latest episode of your favorite series, tweeting about island life, absorbed in a literary classic, defeating virtual foes, painting the sunset, or coding a new app, each option provides a way to stay engaged and perhaps even forget you’re alone in the middle of the ocean.

Remember, the right choice depends on what keeps you ticking. After all, a year is a long time to spend with just palm trees and ocean breezes for company. So, which will it be? Choose wisely, because your sanity might just depend on it.

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