Thanks, Netflix, For Ruining The Fun Of Watching TV

Thanks, Netflix, For Ruining The Fun Of Watching TV

We now live in a world where you can watch episode after episode without having to wait a week for the next one to air.
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Long are the days of rushing home to catch your favorite TV show. While the invention of the DVR can be initially blamed for this, it's safe to say that most people don't even watch a series as it aires. Why is this? Netflix.

We now live in a world where you can watch episode after episode without having to wait a week for the next one to air. In fact, many of our favorite TV shows do not even air during scheduled cable time anymore. Instead, a block of about 12 episodes is released onto Netflix, all on the same day. Sure, you can watch an entire season in one sitting, but where is the fun and anticipation in that?

Years ago, watching TV was about more than entertainment, but about socializing too. I may have been too young to participate in this madness myself, but I was old enough to understand how it operated. Most people would make sure that they wouldn't miss an episode of the Soprano's on Sunday night not just for the sake of staying up to date with the airing but being able to join in on the conversation the next morning at work. Today, the only show I can think of off the top of my head that achieves the same type of live viewership is Game of Thrones (as someone who does not watch the show, I can speak to this through my experiences of being left out in a conversation).

Even though there are few television occasions today where we can take part in live-tweeting, the fun of watching a TV show live and it is the topic of conversation the following day is ultimately over, thanks to Netflix. As we reminisce about the good old days, we will always love Netflix for the bulk of complete seasons it provides us with when waiting out the cliffhanger is unbearable.

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Doing Things On Your Own Should Be Celebrated, Not Pitied

Our time with ourselves should be just as treasured as our time with other people.

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Despite living in an incredibly individualistic society, it is rare to hear of occasions in which people go to restaurants, sight-see, or head out to a bar… alone.

Humans are naturally sociable creatures. We thrive in groups, and we often reach out to each other in the hopes of making long-lasting connections. This is great! People need people, and completely isolating yourself from everyone can have negative consequences on your mental health.

However, this also means that we tend to latch onto one another in social situations. I'm sure many people would be confused at the thought of going to a bar alone without the prospect of meeting up with friends—but why?

Why is it that people need to be seen in public with other people? Is it because socializing gives us a sense of purpose in being out at all? Is there something inherently shameful about being seen alone?

There certainly shouldn't be.

So much good can come out of spending time in your own company. As much as we love our friends and family, sometimes we need our alone time, and this doesn't always mean that we stay in and binge-watch a new Netflix series. (Although many times it does, and that's totally cool too.)

Sometimes needing our privacy means heading out to get a cup of coffee and sitting in a cafe for hours without waiting for anyone. Sometimes it means visiting that museum you've never been to and soaking up all the art at your own pace. Sometimes it means that you need a break to sit with your thoughts.

So why do we feel such immense pity whenever we see someone standing alone?

If we see someone at the movie theater with their bag of popcorn and no clear sign of expecting anyone, why do we assume that means the person is a loner?

Maybe that person just wanted to enjoy a film they've waited years for, and maybe they couldn't watch it to its fullest extent with their best friend asking questions about it all the time. Maybe they had a rough week and want to sit with their popcorn—no questions asked.

Regardless of the reason, we should not be pitying anyone who stands apart from the crowd in a public space. Rather, we should remember that our time with ourselves should be just as treasured as our time with other people.

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