The Dangers of Binge-Watching Television Series

Raise your hand if you indulge in binge-watching television. You should know that you’re not alone. Many of us spend hours or entire weekends on our couch in front of Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Instant Video. It feels so satisfying to catch up on shows all at once rather than suffering the torture of waiting week to week. But, what if it’s bad for us? A recently released parody from College Humor compares binge-watching to binge-drinking.

After inhaling television for a night, a teenager wakes up with hangover-like symptoms. His eyes hurt from staring at the screen for too long and he hurls upon reflecting on the ending of Dexter. He perfectly describes how easy it is to get sucked into watching just one more episode. Does this feel familiar to any of you?

Though it’s meant to be a funny video – and it absolutely is – it also makes some valid points. One of the benefits of viewing every episode back to back is picking up on clues that you might not have noticed if the episodes were spaced apart. At the same time, rushing through seasons of television means that it all kind of blurs together. I recently watched a few seasons of Psych, and I couldn’t tell you what happened when.

And that bad taste in your mouth? While I haven’t experienced it in a literal sense, I do often end up feeling guilty about binging. However, that isn’t strong enough to stop me from doing it over and over again.

Share your most shameful/impressive binge-watching feats in the comments below. Me? I watched eight seasons of How I Met Your Mother in three weeks.

HT: Laughing Squid

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