“I must stop.” I whispered to myself, as I clicked the ‘Next episode’ button.
If this exactly replicates you, then you can call yourself, an addicted binge-watcher. Still, we will list out five obvious signs that label you as an addicted binge-watcher.
Watching TV started as a necessity those days when you need to update yourself with the news. Then it became a hobby to watch your favorite dramas, listening to music, and so on. Now it has emerged into a serious situation called ‘Binge-Watching’. Why do I call it ‘serious’?
Research studies have shown that watching TV or TV shows continuously can have serious impacts on your health. Do you know? Watching back to back episodes of your favorite drama will excite your brain and secrete dopamine in relatively huge quantities. This interferes with your regular sleeping habits and can cause mental agility.
So you need to self-check whether you are an addictive binge-watcher and apply certain tricks to get rid of the habit. Here is the checklist for you!
When your colleagues or parents or cousins or friends or partner call you for an outing, you simply prefer to say ‘No’ or ‘Let’s see it later yaar.’ This is not your laziness but your inner urge to sit on the sofa and binge-watch your favorite show. Netflix has become a total legal excuse to avoid social obligations. So, next time when you say ‘No’ to outings, pause for a second and bring back your self-control. Long term ignorance of the ill-effects of Binge-watching may lead to isolation, psychological trauma, or depression.
And you will feel later, “Nobody is concerned about me. Aren’t I a human?”
Out of curiosity of what happens next in your favorite drama, you sometimes forget to satisfy your stomach. If you take care only of your heart by watching nice, heartwarming dramas, your stomach will turn against you. This results in indigestion, acidity, ulcer, etc. Occasionally, you will forget to cook and will decide to order food from restaurants. One or two times is okay, but if this habit continues, you will land on an unbalanced diet. It is totally harmful to health.
Once in your childhood, when you were watching cartoons, if a friend comes and calls you for playing cricket, you would happily switch off the television and pick up your bat. But now, as we all became “grown-ups” and a part of the “Netflix-and-chill” generation, we no longer pick our bats. Instead, we choose to lie down and watch the series in a single go. This way, you gradually begin to avoid your friends, night parties and get together. Your device becomes your sole friend.
Ultimately, the hero or heroine of the show becomes ‘you’. You start questioning the villains, virtually. You start imagining yourself as a person from the series. You change your vocabulary. You speak about the series, the series, and the series only. You emote the person on the screen. You cry when someone hurts the character, you smile when the character receives a reward. This is finally a drastic change that you will never recognize. Your friends and parents can notice and let you know.
Getting out of Binge-watching
Binge-watching is like a drug. Too much of anything is dangerous and so is this habit. Let us come out of it with amazing tricks.
Life is all about enjoying. You can happily watch the series to gain knowledge and to entertain yourself. Simultaneously, it is important to take care of your health too.
Are the gifts of binge-watching. You obviously don’t require such gifts, right? So try to come out of this addiction by utilizing the above techniques. Life is all about productive works and goals you prize. So spend time to achieve those goals and not spoil your health.
Stop being a one-season one day person and start being one percentage in life goal one day person. Start today by switching off Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu. do exercises to maintain the fitness of the body
Follow these religiously to obtain magical benefits and you will see yourself as a new productive person in a shorter span. Harland Williams says, “The problem with binge-watching is you lose three days of your life.” So it is the right time to come out of the habit and start something useful and creative.