‘Netflix’ the new global epidemic?

Netflix is the new way we consume mass media. From Indie movies to the biggest block-busters it’s all on there, and with its 40 million streaming members it’s not going anywhere.

I’m not ashamed to admit I am one of these 40 million and a big fan of the service.

However it seems I’ve actually contracted the ‘Netflix’ bug. On average I spend about 1-2 hours a day on Netflix consuming a variety of shows. My recent ‘addiction’ has been the US Office. I have now finished the whole 9 series accumulating to 21.5 days (as you may have noticed I am suffering badly from this new bug).

The question I ask myself is ‘Is this epidemic fatal?’ and ‘Are there any ways I can prevent this bug?’

 I have created 5 ways in which you can spot if you have the same bug and therefore put in place the ways in which to prevent it:

1)      Tiredness – This is due to that ‘One more episode’ moment you have at 1am in the morning.
2)      Your things to do list increases – You will find important things such as work and family members Birthdays seem to cease from existence.
3)       Your desk becomes cluttered – A nice cup of tea is needed whilst the marathon watch is commencing, however the cups stack up to form a majestic cup castle.
4)      Growth of fangs – Peak watching times are at the early hours of the morning transforming you into a TV loving vampire.
5)      Small things become HUGE – You will start to see petty things such as your laptop battery running out become a huge ordeal of which uncontrollable rage will ensue.

If you possess any of these symptoms I’m afraid you may have contracted this disease. But don’t fret there is help for you in the form of 3 easy steps.

1)      Venture Outside – As crazy as it seems a trip outside is very beneficial.
2)      Hobbies – Hobbies are a great alternative to mass watching sessions.
3)      Socialise with friends – It may be a hard concept to understand but talking to friends instead on catching up on ‘Skins’ could change you for the better.


If you take these steps you may end up being cured from this disease.

Anyway these ‘Breaking Bad’ episodes (new addiction) aren’t going to watch themselves you know. I’ll keep you posted with my treatment. You’re not alone out there, keep watching.


14 thoughts on “‘Netflix’ the new global epidemic?

  1. Lol, that’s funny. I guess it isn’t going anywhere soon. I feel the insurgence of “binge viewing” is really what we always wanted anyways. Back in the 90’s the closest thing would be when a channel might play a marathon run of multiple episodes of your favorite show. We would rather watch large amounts of our favorite show then have to hunt for something new when the show ends. Maybe because we don’t want to be force fed the next show by the channel, we want choices! And we want to be the one that makes that choice.

    • It doesn’t look like it no! I couldn’t agree more. With things such as ‘series links’ and of course Netflix we can choose whatever we want to watch when we want. This is obviously great if you want to catch up on your favourite shows but I really feel it’s shutting people out to other programmes and transforming them into a very passive viewer!

      • true. but TV is passive by nature. sure you can be intellectually engaged but it so often requires you to suspend belief while you watch a man swing from a spider web or a war happening in the stars. we take the reality we know is truth and put it aside for a moment to enjoy something else. i think what might be closer to truth is that it makes us less aware of the surrounding sphere of media that we could be engaged in because our nose is so deep in season 2 of Sherlock. and if netflix ever broadcasts live sports, Lord help us.

      • It’s true you have to suspend your belief whilst watching an ’18 foot’ ape fight planes in New York City but it doesn’t mean you become so passive you don’t connect with the text your watching, of which I think is happening regularly today! But I totally agree that the viewers are becoming less aware, although I love the idea of having live sports (don’t hate).

  2. I suffer from this disease, very much so. I am guilty of binge-watching “Orange is the New Black” and “Arrested Development.” However, Julia Childs once said “Everything in moderation, including moderation. A little internet binge every now and then is okay. Consider the television you watch, as well. If it’s a good story, it’s not that different than reading a really good book in a few days. And I’d much rather be watching “Breaking Bad” than reading Twilight!!! 🙂

  3. I am among those who have contracted this binge-watching disease. I kept on watching the shows like Breaking Bad, Prison Break etc., even till 2AM.

    I completely agree with you on the things like going out and speaking with friends etc. Actually my friends are complaining that I am always in front of the system. After completing every shows, I make a promise not to start with other one.

    But whenever I have free time, immediately I start with other show and keep watching it. What to do? so many good shows available.. 🙂

    I hope I’ll soon moderate the hours I spend on Netflix. 🙂

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