Love it or hate it: Binge-watching

by David Holub

Love itIt doesn’t get better than a wide-open afternoon and evening, an array of comfort and junk foods, and six to 12 to 24 episodes of a show you and your viewing partner love equally. Given this formula, I could binge a number of shows: “Seinfeld,” “Arrested Development,” “30 Rock,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Office (U.K.).” The smarter, the funnier, and the shorter the episodes, the easier to binge.

Intense dramas I almost have to binge: “Breaking Bad” or “The Wire,” or even light dramas: “Weeds” or “Big Love.” I have to stay in that mindset, that emotionally-taxing, at-times-distressing, roller-coaster, one episode after another. Break the chain of episodes and I’m apt to look for something sugary sweet.

Beyond basking in TV brilliance and the ever-joy of being lazy, binging feels satisfying, like at the end of a marathon you’ve accomplished something. It’s like getting through a critically-acclaimed 3.5-hour movie: It’s an achievement.

And then you get to the end of a series unexpectedly. You wish you would have had the patience to spread your viewing out like a normal person. And it makes you love the show all the more.

David HolubHate itI’m not gonna be the falsifier who sits here tippy-tap-typing pretending she doesn’t binge-watch TV. Entire seasons of “Peaky Blinders” slip inside me. “Glow”? Yup, watched that in two days. “Better Call Saul?” Tore through it faster than Gwar attacks a blood bag.

But I mean, come on, does anyone like themselves after watching six hours of TV? Your metabolism and circulation slow after that much slugabuggin. There’s a certain point during a movie marathon where I feel like crap. Instead of fun, this has turned into a black hole of couch time. There are friends I could be hanging with, French I could be studying, the walk I could be taking, or about 30,000 pounds of books still waiting to be read.

Life is so damn short and I find it slightly horrifying how much of it I have spent binge-watching bullshit like “House Hunters,” especially after finding out that studies have found TV benders lead to increased rates of inflammatory diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

::turns off TV::

::goes for a walk with “The Dollop” podcast instead::

Patty Templeton

Share:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Media

Most Popular

Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe To Our Weekly Newsletter

No spam, notifications only about new products, updates.

Categories

On Key

Related Posts

70s idioms

25 Freaky deaky 70s idioms

From the Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment, there has been no shortage of periods in history that have shaped society in terms of scientific

hip-hop

One-Hit Wonders of Hip-Hop

In the 50 years since its inception, hip-hop has become a powerful force to be reckoned with. Born in the Bronx and raised by Black

Receive the latest news

Subscribe To Our Weekly Newsletter

Get notified about new articles

Explore the weed life with DGO Magazine

Contact Information

Find Us Here:

Leave us a message