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The Science Behind Why We Binge-Watch

The Science Behind Why We Binge-Watch

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The Science Behind Binge-Watching

A growing list of evidence indicates that binge-watching may not be the ideal way to consume media.

Researchers have linked binge-watching to lower sleep quality, and studies have found that binge-watching shows might actually be less memorable and less enjoyable than watching new episodes on a weekly basis.

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Why We Binge-Watch

Why We Binge-Watch

Why is binge-watching so popular? The answer lies in how our brains function while we’re watching:

  • it makes us feel good - binge-watching a show produces a continuous stream of dopamine in our brains. Dopamine gives the body a natural, internal reward of pleasure that reinforces continued engagement in that activity.
  • binge-watching gives us an escape from the day-to-day grind. TV viewers are tuning in to a different world. This is a form of escapism that is especially welcomed today.

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Why Binge-Watching Is Problematic

Binge-watching can easily become a problem when you regularly prioritize it over other important activities:

  • Just like gamblers, binge watchers can't get the same enjoyment from the same level of activity so it takes more of the same activity to give us that same feeling of enjoyment.
  • Binge-watchers reported higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • binge-watchers reported lower enjoyment levels from watching the show than those who watched the same series only once a day

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Striking a Good Binge-Watching Balance

Striking a Good Binge-Watching Balance

It’s important to remember that there’s a fine line between healthy viewing habits and addictive behavior.

  • Commit to only watching a certain number of episodes in advance.
  • Balance your binge-watching with spending time with friends.
  • Engage in outdoors activities.

Additional sources of enjoyment will make you much less likely to become addicted to watching that next season from start to finish in one go.

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