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How is binge-watching effecting people physically and psychologically?

Binge-watching is physically and psychologically detrimental to people because…

Names of Authors Watching multiple episodes of television series takes people through emotional highs and lows, leaving viewers emotionally taxed. Binge-watching reinforces the trend of instant-gratification which is already pervasive within society. Binge-viewing is highly likely to develop into an addiction, making TV shows and movies like drugs that companies can peddle to viewers. A sedentary lifestyle, as one that comes from binge-watching, leads to health complications and a quicker death.
Smith, Chris

 Greg Dillon, an associate professor at Cornell, said that by the end of binge-watching, a viewer is less receptive to the emotional and psychological ideas being presented  Deborah Jaramillo, an assistant professor at Boston University, stated that young generations will derive pleasure from “Now-TV” instead of “Weekly-TV”  Robert Thompson, a professor at Syracuse University, explained that after the pleasurable act of binge-viewing, the withdrawal makes one physically sad
Ladue, Michael

 Mitch Hurwitz, head writer of Arrested Development, warned viewers against binge-watching as it would lead to “comedy fatigue.”  Netflix is like an indulgent parent, offering unlimited sweets to a child with no limitations. In a word, this activity can be described as unhealthy.
Devasagayam, Raj

 Binge-watching creates an emotional reliance on television and characters  Viewers regularly become fully addicted to shows just to know what’s happening and can then talk with their friends  Chemical imbalances in the brain during binge-viewing create a trance-like state.Long periods of inactivity are known to lead to heart disease and obesity
Stone, Jeff

 The idea that TV is something that one can control at will is very attractive to the instant-gratification centric youth of today.  The article includes a list of the 10 shows one MUST watch this summer, begging viewers to become addicted to all of them
American Heart Association

“Adults who watch TV for three hours or more each day may double their risk of premature death compared to those who watch less”“As the population ages, sedentary behaviors will become more prevalent, especially watching television, and this poses an additional burden on the increased health problems related to aging.”
Mahanti, Anirban

 “I believe content
personalization will play a big role in taking the viewing experience to the
next level.” 
 Internet usage is over-taxing our current infrastructure, which would be simple enough to replace, but viewer’s desire for bandwidth availability at all times prevents this from getting off the ground.
Heid, Markham

 Constantly changing visual stimuli is impossible for the brain to ignore, according to Robert Potter, a professor at Indiana University.After about 30 minutes of binge-viewing, the brain starts to produce endorphins that reinforce the pleasurable feeling of constant stimulation.


 When binge-viewing is complete, the endorphin withdrawal is physically and psychologically depressing.
Marsh, PamelaFerrao, Zeus

Anuseviciute, Gintare

 Activities that take time and those that people derive great pleasure from have been displaced by the instant-gratification of binge-viewing  Men are more invested in their binge-viewing experience.Women binge-watch to a greater extent than men  Men are more likely to recognize the “dark” side of binge-viewing and its deleterious effects


Ladue, M. (2013, June 12). Will Netflix Kill TV?. . Retrieved June 2, 2014, Link

Smith, C. (2014, January 16). The Netflix Effect: How Binge-Watching is changing television. . Retrieved June 2, 2014, from Link


Devasagayam, R. MEDIA BINGEING: A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL INFLUENCES. Once Retro Now Novel Again, p. 56-59. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from Link


Stone, J. (2014, June 30). Binge-Watching ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘House Of Cards,’ ‘Game Of Thrones’ Is The New Normal For TV Fans. . Retrieved July 8, 2014, from Link


Mahanti, A. (2014, March 5). The Evolving Streaming Media Landscape. IEEE Spectrum,18, 4-6, from Link

Heid, M. (2014, July 9). Your Brain On: Binge Watching TV. . Retrieved July 15, 2014, from Link

Marsh, P., Ferrao, Z., & Anuseviciute, G. (2014, July). Tune In: The Impact of Binge-Viewing. . Retrieved July 15, 2014, from Link

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