Whirlpool of Binge Watching

I am sure you have heard this classic Eagles song “Hotel California

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door,
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before,
‘Relax,’ said the night man,
‘We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave!’

It’s often more challenging to get back into your regular routine after a nice vacation or a prolonged stay in bed due to illness. The same is true for binge watching also. You are trapped.

A lesser-known fact – You may come across Internet posts challenging you to binge-watch your favorite TV show or channel. Best of all, if you are chosen and complete the challenge, you will be paid. In 2019, Internet Service Partners ran a competition in which one person could win $1,000 for watching 24 Hallmark Christmas movies in 12 days. The winner was required to submit a personal critique on each film and keep her social media followers updated throughout the experience.

Even though these contests are brilliant marketing strategies used by the businesses, the question now is “Should we support encouraging people to spend even more time in front of their television sets?” According to Healthline, watching more than three hours of television per day may eventually cause memory loss and language damage. OTT platforms have really changed the way people watch TV.

Gone are the days of satellite TV channels. At least they were time bound. The majority of homes have multiple televisions for viewing purposes. Everyone in the house may watch different shows without interfering with each other thanks to the numerous gadgets and shared streaming accounts. Being addicted to your devices in a crowded house makes it simple to isolate yourself. Good for introverts like me, but not good generally.

The K-Dramas are definitely most addictive. I think they are produced with a mere intent of tricking people into binge watching them. Put on a Korean light comedy with a dash of romance on Netflix and there goes your weekend in a blink.

It’s a never-ending circle. You begin with an episode. You are halfway through a series after five hours have passed without your realizing it. You never thought you’d find yourself this deep in the whirlpool called Netflix, but here you are.

Share your binge-watching tales in the comments section. What is your take on it? Which net series are you hooked on? For me it’s a K-Drama these days “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”

15 thoughts on “Whirlpool of Binge Watching

  1. i love that song so much. And yes, I can relate with this. I cut off watching movies/series last year and I can say so far it’s being a wonderful decision. TV can be so crazy, honestly. It just sucks you in

  2. Being retired and a lot older, we are indoors a lot more, have far less energy, and enjoy ‘good’ TV nevertheless. We both love humour and were fans of the American ‘Mash’ series years ago, so watched it again recently when repeated. As a writer, I love studying different characters and there were some diverse, brilliant examples in the series. Years ago, I was hooked on films for the same reason. Thank you for reading my post. Best wishes.

    1. I am so honored. Thank you so much for your comment. I would look up for “Mash” and watch 🙂 I Would like to recommend a series “Only murders in the building” starring Steve Martin & Martin Short. I am sure you will like it. Cheers!

  3. Namitadash, great post 😀 I have to tell you, Prime Video is how I was able to watch Gilmore Girls and Downton Abbey, both of which I missed all that when it was real time, was the first time I binge-watched anything since all the seasons were available and led from one episode to another. I thoroughly enjoyed them and am glad I was able to watch, but it DOES eat up production time and sleep, so that’s what’s bad about it *sigh* And when I babysit at my son’s house, he has streaming TV so I’m able to watch all kinds of stuff while the baby is napping. Lots of fun, but HUGE time suck!

  4. This is so relatable. I have to always remind myself to stop watching one episode one after the other. Its so hard. I mean i ama sure there are so many people working at those organisations just to find ways on how to trick us to keep watching these shows and never leave their site.

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