Solitude doesn’t always mean the same thing as letting go or dispassion (viraga). Peace of mind and calm isn’t the same thing as not being attached to the five aggregates. Being peaceful in a natural setting one is still in samsara but letting go of the aggregates is the final common path to Nibbana. The former is Samatha and the latter, vipassana. Both are essential.
As a lay person not following the Vinaya, I am conscious of the effects of what I do are having on my state of mind. That is I make my guidance as I go. If I’m tired or sleepy, when I shouldn’t be, I partake in entertainment to increase my energy and ‘brightness’ of the mind. I’m mindful whether there is agitation to watch something as to me this is a good indication that it is craving that wants to watch. The Buddha asked us to balance the enlightenment factors with mindfulness. I use whatever I have at hand to bring my mind to a positive state (while keeping the precepts I have taken).
There’s almost something to be said for taking precepts one is comfortable keeping… I assume the inner mental state of abstinence is more important than the ‘oath’. The essential 7 precepts are the 3 action and 4 speech ‘precepts’ in the Noble Eightfold Path I suppose. Any more would be great and likely to be beneficial.