As humans, we have a constant desire to be entertained. Entertainment is defined as the action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment. This enjoyment can be found by hanging out with friends and family, playing sports or reading. Though, for most people, entertainment comes from television. For many, the highlight of their day is getting the chance to sit down and watch their favorite television program or series. Television has changed dramatically throughout the years and to keep up with these ever-changing times, technology has grown and changed as well. In recent years, we have witnessed the birth of instant-streaming services, which have allowed viewers to watch full episodes and seasons of their favorite television series on any of their devices at the click of a button. This convenience created a new way to watch television on a regular basis and thus, the "Binge-Watching Era" began.
Binge-watching is a term used to describe the act of watching a particular television series over a long time span, usually in one sitting. Instant streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video, provide their customers with multiple series to choose from. The people who have become experts at binge-watching know that it is certainly a unique experience.
Trying to decide which series you want to start watching.
Finally deciding on a series and starting the first episode.
Becoming addicted to your new series.
Finishing a whole season in a small amount of time.
You have become so invested in this series that you don't even realize (or care, for that matter) that you have finished an entire 22-episode season in just a few days. Next thing you know, you have watched multiple seasons in a matter of weeks.
Multitasking during episodes.
Realizing that you have an addiction.
Sooner or later, you realize that this series has taken over your life. You should probably do something about this, but instead, you will probably just start the next episode.
Finding someone who also watches the series you're currently binge-watching.
This is one of the best things about binge-watching. Nothing quite brings people together as much as their obsession with the same television series. All of your conversations are now dedicated to discussing that specific series.
Finishing your latest binge-worthy television series.
It may seem like these instant-streaming services are nothing but a nuisance to our lives, but truthfully, they make our lives better and more interesting. Binge-watching might take up a lot of our time, but it is away to take a break from the stress of the real world and relax while focusing our attention on a fictional story. As weird as it may sound, your latest television obsession can teach you some life lessons. As long as television is around, the era of the binge-watching experience will remain.