In the past several years, with the popularity of streaming services such as Netflix, and the release of epic series like Game of Thrones, blasting through an entire season (or more) of a show in a short amount of time has become a normal phenomenon for many. Yet, where do you draw the line? When is too much? That's what I'm going to talk about today.
Now, although I don't necessarily think binging a show is the healthiest thing on the planet (neither is necessarily reading for 12 hours straight either ;) ), I absolutely do it as well, and think that it's a great treat from time to time. And yet, I also experience some serious downfalls with it:
1) Physical symptoms - exhaustion, neck and shoulder strain, stiffness
2) Lack of recollection for details - I kind of remember what happened in the show, but what was that person's name?
3) Less satisfaction - overall, the show isn't as good as if I had waited and watched it in stages
4) Stronger sense of loss - when it's over, if it's a short series, there is this strong sense of "nothingness" after. A longer duration between episodes gives you time to adjust to it not being there every moment, and you don't instantly go "yeah, but what do I do now?"
So, keeping those things in mind, is it really worth binging a show? Sometimes.
I think it's fun for short shows, or to binge an entire season and then watch things slowly for following seasons. I also love doing this when rewatching a season before the next one comes out as a refresher, but I definitely advise (at least for myself) against making it a habit.
Do you like to binge watch shows? What are some of the positives to doing it for you? Do you find there to be any drawbacks?