Some people either eat dinner with the television on in the background or sit on the couch with their dinner on their lap. It was so popular at one point they invented a premade dinner food that came in a tray so you could eat it on your lap in front of the TV with ease.
We visited my husband's cousins wife, Donjo, years ago. She had lived alone, since her husband had died. It took us a few hours to find the house. We turned up, & she was sitting in from the tv watching the tennis. We hadn't seen her for years. She left the tv on! We only stayed 45 minutes! It was so difficult talking over the tv!!! So I do know how you feel!