With the introduction of streaming services binge watching TV has become the newest trend that most people have adopted. Binge watching TV has become a staple with on demand TV with services like Netflix leading the charge with hundreds of TV series all available with the click of a remote. Binge watching can burn away those extra hours before bed, but binge watching has began to have some negative effects on lives.
Having the ability to continue right on to the next episode of the show you are hooked on can lead to countless hours spent watching TV. While excellent for the companies who want you to keep watching this can be detrimental to your health. Many binge watchers have admitted to staying up past their bedtime to catch a few more episodes, this can lead to sleep loss and an overall loss of production throughout the next day.
Personally there have been multiple times where I’ve found myself succumb to staying up past responsible hours and find myself sleep deprived for the next day. The past year I’ve polished off roughly 7 TV series all with various amounts of episodes and seasons. Everything from comedy to dramas and everything in between. Each time I’ve watched the entirety of the series in a matter of days. Most of the time watching lead well into the early morning and work that was supposed to get done remained incomplete.
While most people can handle the power of on demand TV, some people can get addicted to the countless hours of entertainment. It’s become a blessing to have access to a library that big, it also becomes a burden when it starts to take over people’s lives. Addiction to binge watching can become a serious problem, when it starts to affect your mental and physical health. Just like everything else, moderation is key.