Binge Viewing

I binge on Netflix. “Just one episode” turns into an entire season. Just this past weekend, I watched most of the Netflix series “House of Cards” in one sitting. In one laying actually; I was in bed.

Video can be a great distraction. An episode of mindless, meaningless dramatic comedy lets the mind rest. For many people that’s enough. Rejuvenated by a needed respite, they return to living their lives.

But for some, that one episode turns into a brain-numbing season. Time distorts. Hours are lost. Emotional memory recalls nothing from this catatonic state.

Shame envelopes the post-binge and the videophiliac begins to “act in” by restricting video and tech use (see my post on the shame cycle). Eventually (and inevitably) the restriction will fail, shame returns, and we watch “just one episode.”

Rinse and repeat.


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