Television Binging – Naydeen Rodriguez Post#1

In class we discussed Television and its evolution. I found it pretty interesting how our habits have changed over time. In the early development of Television, families would gather around like a weekly ritual bringing everyone together. When national disasters happened it was also shared amongst people because most of the population would find out details during the “breaking news”. In today’s world Television has become digital and a streaming sensation. We can watch shows whenever we want and where ever we want. It is convenient but it also takes away from the anticipation from waiting a week for the next episode. I remember watching shows and going to school excited about lunch time because that’s where most of the discussions and predictions would occur. It was also another way to connect people with real conversations. Now binge watching has become a habit. I found an interesting article about how binge watching is linked to Depression and how people with poorer mental health have picked up the habit more. It was said that lonely people binge watch which also leads to depression. In the Article “Binge-watching TV is linked to depression” scientists concluded “‘Binge-watching’ is a growing public health concern that needs to be addressed,”. The term Binge watching was developed in the 1990s around the time that DVDs were popular but exploded during 2013 when NETFLIX began to become popular. Though I feel everyone has the right to decide on whether they want to binge, I also feel that it takes away from human interaction and real connection. My question is do you think Binge watching is a harmless addiction or something that should be looked into?

Here are the links with some more insight on Binge Watching.

http://nypost.com/2016/03/07/binge-watching-tv-is-linked-to-depression/
http://www.medicaldaily.com/binge-watching-tv-linked-higher-rates-depression-and-anxiety-360776

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2 thoughts on “Television Binging – Naydeen Rodriguez Post#1

  1. I would say I’m a huge “binge watcher.” I have watched Grey’s Anatomy which has 11 seasons on Netflix, in about two month. The reason why I “binge watch” is because i get really interested and invested in the characters and writing, that I can’t wait to watch what happens next. To answer your question, I would say binge watching could be harmful in a way. I know at times I would procrastinate my homework just to watch another episode, which would put me behind in school. But, I found a way to finish my homework first and then continue “binge watching.”

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  2. Hi Naydeen,

    I found your post very interesting! I like that you compared the early ages of television (when watching TV was a social event) with today’s streaming age (when people can watch shows whenever they want.) While most mediums have evolved from one-way communication to social & interactive, I have to agree that TV watching has gone from collective to individual/secluded. I think binge watching can be harmful if it’s done too often because it involves the person isolating him or herself from society and emerging into a fictional world without any social interactions. No wonder binge watching is linked to depression and anxiety! Binge watching also stagnates productivity and your everyday life; instead of working or interacting with people you stare at a screen for hours in a row. Although watching shows can teach you things and be inspiring, I think it can potentially harm your social relationships and your personal development.

    Best,
    Megan Junglander

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