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Binge TV: Is Our New Way of Watching (Breaking) Bad?

Binge watching multiple episodes of TV has become more common in recent years. We certainly enjoy the delicacy of delving into the new crop of character-based shows. Also, the on demand nature of current TV watching process makes it so tempting to keep watching. Lets examine why we Binge watch and contemplate the results. Read More

Scandal

I binge watched two seasons of Scandal on Netflix.

Breaking Bad

I am Binge watching right now. Yesterday was bad though, I normally watch series on my computer before going to bed, sometimes actually going to sleep at 3-5 am....The curiosity is too big! What will happen next? takes my sleep away!

Well, it used to be turn the

Well, it used to be turn the page and you could get more story. Nowadays no one would have a problem with that. But I absolutely binge-read for all of my childhood and a great deal of my adulthood. I love to get a nice 900 page book because I know it will last for a while. I used to get quite a bit of criticism for reading "too much," and as funny as that sounds in these times, the people saying were right, I guess, although all that I've learned from reading has been a great help to me.

It's just the fact that the comparison doesn't seem obvious that I find so funny. Binge watching gives the experience of reading a book in TV format. Everyone knows "the book is better." And the reasons you cite are pretty much why. I've been telling non-readers for years what they're missing out on, but with binge watching, they may be catching up. We can only hope more works of literature will be made into TV series.

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Jonathan Fader, Ph.D., is a psychologist and an assistant professor of family medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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