I decided to include an infographic with some binge watching stats because some of these are quite surprising, and I also looked at some methods that help people stop binge watching, or at least allow them to start to binge watch more responsibly.
Now, shall we?
Is Binge Watching Problematic?
I am not the first or only one to have considered how the phrase “binge watching” can be triggering for some people, especially given its incipience as an extension of terms such as “binge drinking” and “binge eating.”
People who deal with eating disorders might find it difficult to hear the phrase being used so prevalently. Especially when watching TV is employed by many people as an escapist method, often to get away from the complicated relationship they have with food. Not to mention the fact that we also have to consider the amount of agency involved in binge watching (a lot) versus binge eating (not that much).
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While in today’s media-oriented culture, it is unrealistic to expect people to stop using a term they are so accustomed to using, this is definitely a conversation that should be more visible when it comes to binge watching.
An alternative proposed by Lisa Glebatis Perks in her book, Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality, is marathon-viewing. If you think this is better, and if you have any suggestions of alternatives that we might be able to use instead, do not hesitate to strike up a conversation in the comments.
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