Why We Love to Binge-Watch TV

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Binge-watching. It’s an addiction so deceptive, so creeping; we didn’t even know it existed until we were completely under its spell.  And it affects nearly 2/3 of the population. In a 2014 international poll by consumer entertainment index ARRIS, a massive 80% of respondents admitted to binge-watching, with 18% of 24 – 35-year-olds doing it at least once a week, and 14% of all respondents binge-viewing once a day.

 

In a survey conducted by Netflix in February 2014, 73% of people defined binge- watching as “watching between 2-6 episodes of the same TV show in one sitting’. Binge-watching as an observed cultural phenomenon has become increasingly popular with the rise of online media services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video, with which the viewer can watch TV shows and movies on-demand; a TV addict’s paradise.

 

 

Whether you binge-watch Netflix programmes, or simply indulge in a night of back-to-back episodes of Sex and The City on terrestrial TV, people just can’t seem to get enough of it. Here are the reasons why.

 

People tend to binge watch shows where they can identify with one or more characters.

 

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We crave stories and narratives that tap into our emotions – whether it’s laughter, sadness, or happiness.

 

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Staying in with some snacks and watching a TV series has become the new “going out”.

 

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It’s a great way to bring people together to spend time with each other.

 

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2016’s Most Binged-Watched Shows (On Netflix)

 

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Titles in the “devoured” camp include Sense8, Orphan Black, The 100, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, The Fall, Orange Is the New Black, Nurse Jackie, Hemlock Grove, Marco Polo, Breaking Bad, and Grace & Frankie. Those are typically completed in four days and viewed for roughly 2.5 hours per sitting.

On the “savoured” side are House of Cards, Bloodline, Peaky Blinders, Narcos, Daredevil, Mad Men, BoJack Horseman, Love, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. These titles are typically completed in six days and viewed for roughly 1.75 hours per sitting. Netflix analysed viewing data from more than 190 countries from October 2015 to May 2016 for this survey.

 

Words: Lucy Oben-Pepra

 

Tags: #tv #binge #tvaddict #bingewatch #television #programmes #episodes #netflix

 

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