The Telltale Stages Of A Netflix Addiction

The Telltale Stages Of A Netflix Addiction

Binge-watching is a disease.

There are certain stages you go through when binge-watching a series on Netflix. It is a sickness. I can promise you that from experience (insert my "Gossip Girl" addiction). I usually watched one episode a day at minimum and then some days I would sit there and watch four in a row (whoops). I mean, sometimes you can’t help yourself. You’re in so deep and you just have to know what happens next. I mean, they show you a preview of what is about to happen next. It starts on its own so if it goes to the next episode, it’s not your fault, right?

Whether you’re binge-watching "Gossip Girl," "Gilmore Girls," "Army Wives," "House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black," or any other binge-worthy series, there are certain characteristic signs that you have a problem.

I promise you it’s okay. We’ve all had this issue and it’s okay. I mean, it’s not okay if you’re in bed for days on end, forget to eat, don’t take a shower, or have red, bulging eyes because you haven’t slept all night. There are certainly some stages that occur in this unhealthy obsession process. It’s all good -- we’ve all been there.

1. "I’m going to watch one episode tonight after work." Three hours later and episodes deep, you freak out when it says “play next episode." Are they kidding? Of course play the next episode. You really think I can even wait the 15 seconds?

2. "Okay, so I haven’t answered any texts or left my bed in a few hours, but it’s raining, so that’s okay. Wait, never mind -- it’s beautiful and sunny out. I could be exercising or taking my dog for a walk. Ugh, never mind. I’m two episodes away from the season four finale. I need to see what sort of cliffhanger will occur. That way I can stop watching for today."

3. "Yeah, right. I can’t stop. Can anyone actually willingly stop watching their favorite series? Go ahead, try to take away my laptop. You’ll have to pry it out of my gripped paws."

4. "You think I will stop watching 'Gossip Girl' and clap when Chuck and Blair are finally together just because we are going on a road trip (not long enough to a bring a laptop)? Absolutely not. That’s what cell phones are for. After all, they are supposed to be like mini computers. So, Netflix it is."

5. You are so deep in episodes you are starting to talk about the characters like they are real people. "Can you believe what happened to him?"

6. You realize it’s 4 a.m. and you need to get up in two hours for class. Hmm, does that really matter? Let’s weigh out the pros and cons. Get some shut eye so you can concentrate in class, or finish this season? Um, season please!

7. You realize that you are at the end of the series and you have no idea what you are going to do with your life. Oh wait, just go under browse and find something else to binge-watch, of course.

This is all probably true at some point in time, but do be responsible and make sure you are getting your homework done, actually going to class and working. Netflix will always be there.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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