It seems that there is absolutely nothing that is out of bounds for researchers and that’s lucky for us because daily we learn new information that helps us take better control of our lives and steer it in the direction we would like to go.
That being said, a new research from the University of Toledo does not want you to ‘Netflix and Chill’ at least not for the prolonged periods of time that will constitute what we have come to know as binge-watching. The research which describes binge-watching as a ‘growing public health concern that needs to be addressed’, projects that episodes of binge-watching could make a person miserable.
For the research, the research team recruited 400 adult participants via the medium of crowd-sourcing marketplace mechanical Turk and requested that they complete a survey about their TV viewing habits. They screened the results for potential TV addiction and discovered that out of the 400 surveyed, 77% who watched two or more hours of TV a day on average and 35% fancied themselves binge-watchers. Binge-watching was then ascertained to have a positive correlation with poor mental and physical well-being.
The current results back those of a study reported at the 2015 Annual conference of the International Communication Association which found that people who binge-watch are more prone to depression or high levels of loneliness.
Yoon Hi Sung, a doctoral student at University of Texas who worked on the 2015 research said; “Physical fatigue and problems such as obesity and other health problems are related to binge-watching and they are a cause for concern…When binge-watching becomes rampant, viewers may start to neglect their work and their relationships with others…Even though people know they should not, they have difficulty resisting the desire to watch episodes continuously. Our research is a step toward exploring binge-watching as an important media and social phenomenon.”.
So our for the most part poor internet services in Africa which often cause more buffering than actual viewing time may actually be helping us out, but then again the frustration from that alone is enough to make us pretty sad. Quit your habit of binge-watching through whatever means, whether DVD or Netflix and take part in the world around you.