Binge-Watching: What Has You Hooked?

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Written by Frankie Cameron

Is binge-watching an addiction? Television producers have figured out how to keep us absorbed or maybe even obsessed with their shows. Even when we plan to sit down and watch an episode or two, somehow it becomes midnight, we are halfway through a season, and we decide to watch just one more episode regardless of how early we have to get up.

Let’s start with the definition. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines binge-watching as ‘to watch many or all episodes of (a TV series) in rapid succession.’

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Yes, I’m Still Watching

What keeps you watching? Is it the cliffhangers, the romance, or the danger? Is it just knowing how a series ends? It might be because television has gotten much better in recent years and there is just so much content to choose from (cable, satellite, streaming). In fact, sometimes it takes longer to pick a show than anything else.

Is Binge-Watching An Addiction?

A PsychReg report noted that the average person watches 2.7 hours of TV a day up to 20 hours per week. 61% of Netflix users binge-watch shows regularly. When binging your body produces dopamine which influences your mood and feeling and produces a high. You become addicted because your body craves dopamine.

It also explains why sometimes we feel sad after ending a series knowing there won’t be any more episodes.

Netflix Top Ten of 2020

According to Newsweek, Netflix’s top ten shows of 2020 were:

  1. The Queen’s Gambit
  2. Emily in Paris
  3. Lucifer
  4. The Umbrella Academy
  5. Money Heist
  6. Dark Desire
  7. Friends
  8. The Crown
  9. Ratched
  10. Dark

Amazon Prime Top Ten of 2020

Amazon reports the top ten shows of 2020 were:

  1. Hunters
  2. The Man in the High Castle
  3. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  4. Upload
  5. The Expanse
  6. The Boys
  7. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
  8. Carnival Road
  9. Modern Love
  10. Bosch

How many of these shows have you watched? 

Rapid Release Books

A new trend called rapid release involves releasing a series of books in a brief window of time. This is the literary form of binge-watching. When readers find a book series they love, they want to consume the content as quickly as possible.

Final Thoughts

Binge-watching is here to stay. In fact, even when a new season drops one episode at a time I wait until the entire season is available to watch to start. How do you binge-watch? Let me know in the comments.

 

Until next time

Frankie

 

Feature image by Murai.hr on Unsplash

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