There are very few tv shows I watch “live” these days. With Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, it’s all too easy to give in to our need for instant gratification. We can binge watch any program, season after season, essentially taking away all the anxiety of a cliffhanger or the buildup to a season finale. Because we’ve become so used to this way of consuming media, when we are faced with the “old fashioned” way of watching tv, it’s a completely different experience. I find that it really weeds out what I consider my “must watch” tv.
I’ve binged watched some great shows. Breaking Bad, Lost, Sons of Anarchy, Daredevil all make the top of the list. When people started using the term binge watching, I didn’t think watching a few episodes was considered binging on them. However, technically, if you watch 2 or more episodes at a time, you’re binging! I only have 2.5 must watch shows…..The Walking Dead and Scandal (count Once Upon a Time as a half since I DVR it and watch it after TWD).
While I find binge watching satisfying, it recently got me reevaluating this way of consumption. The revelation came when my daughter was watching a Lion Guard marathon on Disney Channel. Now, I normally don’t let her watch so much tv, however, I had way too much to do (I know this just sounds like a lazy cop out, but I’m just being honest!). After two back to back episodes, I heard myself saying, “let’s give it a rest now. Haven’t you had enough?”. She responded with a quick “nope” and focused her attention to the tv once more. Feeling like a bad mom, I walked into the room and turned the tv off. I put on some music and began to dance around with her. After I got her up and moving, I asked that she go to the playroom and get started on a puzzle that I would help her with in a few. As I finished putting away laundry, I started to feel like a hypocrite. Wasn’t that exactly what I was doing every night? Watch 2 or 3 episodes of my latest Netflix find?
That’s when I decided that I would try to change my own behavior. I would try to watch 1 Daredevil episode and call it a day. That shouldn’t be so hard. At least I don’t have to wait a whole week to watch another one.
(To my good friend who is currently watching The Walking Dead on Netflix…..Disregard my thoughts on changing my TV behavior. I want you to get caught up with the series so we can have anxiety together when the show returns in October! Binge away, my friend. Binge away!)