“Of the 15,196 respondents, 91% said that binge-watching TV shows is a common behavior and 40% admitted binge-watching a show within a single week. Only a third of those polled said “binge-watching” is a negative term, compared to 53% who said the same in 2013.”
“A number of viewers said they watched to keep up with a show, to be able to participate in conversations in their social circle, because their scheduled only permitted watching at certain times, and also because watching so many episodes at once makes the sometimes complicated plotlines that much easier to follow.”
The report done by the American Heart Association indicates that a sedentary lifestyle is highly destructive and may lead to premature death. The study showed a link between higher rates of television viewing and a greater likelihood of premature death. As the population continues to age, a more sedentary lifestyle becomes common; this will lead to a greater chance of premature death. The AHA recommends a base level of exercise each week to fight the effects of binge-watching.
“Television viewing is a major sedentary behavior and there is an increasing trend toward all types of sedentary behaviors,” said Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., the study’s lead author and professor and chair of the Department of Public Health at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. “Our findings are consistent with a range of previous studies where time spent watching television was linked to mortality.”
Needless to say, staying in place for extended periods of time is intensely unhealthy. As television increases in popularity and viewership, an already popular form of sedentary behavior will continue to grow unchecked. As Dr. Martinez-Gonzalez is quick to point out, a tentative link between television watching as a sedentary activity, and a higher mortality rate, are easy to point out.
“The risk of death was twofold higher for participants who reported watching three or more hours of TV a day compared to those watching one or less hours. This twofold higher risk was also apparent after accounting for a wide array of other variables related to a higher risk of death.”
“Researchers found no significant association between the time spent using a computer or driving and higher risk of premature death from all causes. Researchers said further studies are needed to confirm what effects may exist between computer use and driving on death rates, and to determine the biological mechanisms explaining these associations”
The following seem to indicate a contradiction or sorts. The first represents an increase in death due to sedentary activities for extended periods of time, confirming what was already stated. However, the second nugget excludes computers as a medium through which binge-watching can be achieved. Researchers do admit to a decided lack of certainty when it comes to this topic, so I will wait for their correction before further scrutiny of their research.
“Recent developments of internet media platforms
such as Netflix and Hulu have shown a profitable
market made up of media bingers. The latest attempt to
capitalize on this group was made by the internet media
company Netflix with their release House of Cards.
This is the first documented, multi episode series
designed to be viewed in one sitting (Stelter 2013).
Creators eliminated the common flashbacks and
recapping segments found at the beginning of
following episodes. Instead, they assume that viewers
are aware of the show’s happenings at every point
during the thirteen episode release (Stelter 2013).
People who are for this style of watching say the ease
of continuation allows for a more engrossing and
satisfying experience (Riccio 2013). Viewers can
commit to their couches and watch without the
irritating inconvenience of commercials and weekly
breaks between episodes (Ricco 2013). Do consumers
actually realize that they are bingeing? What are some
factors that may lead to media bingeing?”
“The push of companies to develop a market of
bingers and addicts certainly presents an ethical
dilemma. Recent updates to viewing programs have
created “post-play” features that automatically play the
next episode in a series (Chatila 2013). Viewers don’t
have to physically move to switch to another episode.
Content providers appear to be encouraging people to
binge unhealthily in return for increased revenues.
Again, this is not perceived to be negative in society’s
eyes. Although media companies are purposely
creating shows that form addictive habits in their
viewers, few people seem to see a problem with it.
Popular press articles largely encourage viewers to
binge with promises of a better viewing experience
(Riccio 2013). An easier understanding of characters,
ability to find small plot developments and a more in
depth analysis of show events are all reasons suggested
in these articles.”
P.S. Please forgive the formatting, I have no idea why it did this