There have been many times where I have not moved for hours on a weekend just to binge watch a show on Netflix. It’s not hard to forget how long you have been watching a series or cluster of movies only to find out that its dark outside. This habit has also become more frequent during my freshman year of college. After working on assignments for hours, you would think that I would want to move around or go outside. When enough people though talk about how great a show is, others will want to experience that excitement which leads them into hours of looking at a screen. This creates popular shows like Stranger Things or You to be the most binged watched shows on Netflix.
I have been noticing this more while watching the entire series of Game of Thrones. With so many episodes, it would take a while for someone to watch the entire show, especially a busy college student. I know I need to focus on my work, but I want to know what happens next in the story. This past week I have found myself watching the show while I was working on my source play. I would like to think I am good at multitasking, but I know I cannot focus on both the show and my homework. Sometimes, I would miss important scenes in the show, or I would get distracted from my work for too long. At what point would a show be considered no longer relaxing, and instead a negative thing? I don’t believe that my habits are bad, but I know it’s possible to become addictive.
I knew someone who would re-watch the entire series of The Office over and over again. It takes 77 hours to watch the entire series. As soon as he finished the last episode, he would immediately start watching the first one. He could tell you the exact episode and time of when important things happened. I never understood why he would do this. It took up so much of his time and seemed to prevent him from doing any work. Binge watching a show can be a great way to connect with friends or other fans. It can be relaxing for the pressure of the past week. Binge watching can be good if done in moderation. I believe that “binging” a show should be enjoyable but should never be negative to one’s wellbeing.