With more than 69 million unique users to Netflix in 2015 and a further 61% of people admitting to regularly binge watching 2-3 episodes in one sitting; is it time we looked at the health risks that come with watching too much TV?
It comes as no shock that the way we want to watch TV box-sets has changed. Gone are the days when you would have to wait a week for the next episode to be streamed on TV. Not to mention the rigorous scheduling and cancelling of plans simply because your night out happened to clash with the season finale of Pretty Little Liars . We now have the power to control what we watch and at what quantity. We do not delay gratification when skipping on to another episode, according to Psychologist Patricia Langlois who says, “we want to know what happens next, and that is because they give you that hook.”
Have You Got OBD?
The Rise of ‘Netflix and Chill’
Since the successful launch of streaming sites like Netflix, there has been a surge in the way we gorge on TV and films. The use of the euphemism ‘Netflix and Chill’, essentially sexualises the activity of watching TV and invites two people to watch a movie and have casual sex. According to a government Health Protection Report, in 2014, there was a rapid spread of sexually transmitted infections in England, with approximately 440,000 diagnoses. Could the popularity of ‘Netflix and Chill’ be contributing to a rise in STIs?
Are You a Sufferer of OBD?
You would rather spend your evening hanging out with Serena Van Der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf than your real friends
Even though you’ve written yourself an extensive to-do list, you still feel it can wait until the end of another Pretty Little Liars episode