The Pro’s and Con’s to Binge-watching

Fierra Philogene

According to “to binge-watch is to watch many or all episodes of (a TV series) in rapid succession.” Over the past ten years since the rise of streaming services, there has been an increase in binge-watching. Whether it’s a new show, a season that you have missed or an entire series people are getting hooked to their screens.

Nowadays streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu allow viewers to watch many past series and original shows with a wide variety to choose from. Some of the most common binge-watched series include Orange Is the New Black, Greys Anatomy, and Strange Things. Services normally do this by providing all the episodes in a season or multiple seasons at once. This method of release many times prompts people to binge- watch in the first place. After all, not many people want to wait a whole week for a new episode. 

The first positive effect of binge-watching TV shows is an increase in social connection. When people talk about a show that they have been watching they grow a new thing they have in common. They can then talk about the characters, the plot, and their opinion on the show together, This can be anyone from a random stranger to a group of your closest friends.

Another benefit of binge-watching is getting a way to relieve stress from your daily life. With all the uncertainty and things that life throws at us being able to binge-watch can give people the power and control that they have been missing from their life. They have the power to choose what they want to watch, when they want to watch it, and what device they want to watch it on. Binge-watching is a way to wind down after a long day. And finishing a series, season, or even just an episode can be fulfilling and bring a sense of joy.

While there are great benefits to binge-watching it could possibly poorly affect the health of some people. When people binge-watch their brains release dopamine. This is the same chemical associated with other addictions, for example, drug addiction. For this reason, when someone binge-watches TV shows they may have a hard time turning off the screen because of the pleasure that they receive from watching. This feeling can quickly turn into a state of depression and regret if you have other work or obligations that you must do instead of watching TV.

Another con is that binge-watching may lead to problems with physical health. While binge-watching viewers sit for hours locked into a show and while doing this many of them eat unhealthy food. Continuously doing this can cause health problems from possible weight gain and clogged arteries.

While most people are in the house quarantining it can be very stressful at times. In this way, binge-watching can relieve stress and boredom. In light of the cons presented It could be a good idea for people to space out their binge-sessions, eat healthily while doing so, and take breaks to exercise. Lastly, complete work that needs to be done to avoid the risk of feeling bad about it later.