Netflix is a worldwide phenomenon, and the owners of Netflix most likely make a vast majority of their money based on college students procrastinating and wasting time they definitely don’t have. Therefore, Netflix is often a dangerous hole you can dig yourself into. And often a cycle you can’t pull yourself out of once you’re in too deep.
1. Looking for a show to watch.
This is the first stage in the cycle. It can go from two minutes to hours. Sometimes it takes a little while just to get the right show. But once you’ve made your pick, it might not be the end.
2. Watching the first few episodes, and tell yourself you’ll only watch an episode or two.
This is really where your Netflix binging really can take a turn for the worst. First, you’ll watch an episode or two of "Grey's Anatomy" then you can find yourself one season in over the course of one day.
3. You’ll find yourself three seasons deep, with no end in sight.
This is currently where I can find myself, realizing I have four more seasons to go with three papers to write without any motivation to do anything less. Once you’ve hit this point and you’ve reached the motivation to do work, you can find yourself trying to do anything just to get back to which ever show you’re binging on.
4. You finally made it to the last season.
Congrats, the end is in slight, finally. You’re almost to the end. At this point, you can find yourself pushing through the rest of the show you’re watching.
5. The end.
You made it to the end of whichever show you can find yourself binge watching. This moment is a heartbreaking moment, often times including tears. I know that’s the place I was in at the end of "Friends."
Once you’ve made it to the end, you can find yourself right back at 1.