Falling victim to the binge’
Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 06:00 am
Six months has gone by since I cut the cord on cable and moved forward with Netflix as the sole entertainment source in my household.
Though the switch has lightened the strain on my wallet, this choice has weighed heavy on my time as I fell victim to “the binge.”
We’ve been Netflix subscribers since 2009, but the $7.99 per month fee at that time seemed more like an add-on to our cable subscription rather than a replacement.
Watching television shows on Netflix was simply a means to catch up to the current season and then cable took over from there.
When Netflix was all I had, it didn’t take long for “the binge” to take hold, and to be honest, I wasn’t ready for it.
It started with Stranger Things, a Netflix exclusive everyone couldn’t shut up about when it was released in July 2016. Two days was all it took to finish what would have taken eight weeks on cable.
Then, the desire to “binge” quickly moved to other series such as House of Cards, The Last Kingdom and The Crown.
I even blew through cartoons such as Spongebob Squarepants, The Looney Toons Show, Be Cool Scooby Doo and He-man and the Masters of the Universe in what seemed like no time at all.
But it was time. It was my time. And I’m not the only one to fall victim.
Netflix has studied the “binge” phenomenon and rated types of shows that are “savoured” and “devoured” by viewers.
CBC reported even a “savoured” show, such as irreverent comedies and political dramas, tend to be completed in six days compared to the four days for “devoured” series such as thrillers and horrors.
Time Magazine further stated Netflix discovered approximately “59 per cent of viewers take a pause of around three days before moving from one obsession to the next.”
Most recently, “the binge” has been a process of working through the massive episode list of Lucha Underground and being frustrated that I don’t have the time to finish 13 Reasons Why in one night.
I didn’t want to wait to find out what happens. I wanted to give up on life for two days to watch this show. That’s “the binge” talking.