Guest Writer Steve Monz, Afternoons on Cool 101.3In our world of smart phones, smart telvisons and the internet, the way we consume TV has dramatically changed. Key word there being “consume”. I’ll bet that you or someone you know “Binge Watches” television. What? Unfamiliar with that term? Well then you are doing it wrong. Remember when you could DVR a TV show and fast forward through the commercials? That’s so 2006. Nowadays there are services like Netflix, Hulu and even netowrk television that allow you to watch shows on demand. When it fits your schedule.
But you can take it a step further. Watch an entire season of your favorite show in one or two sittings.
Shows like House of Cards, Ozark, and the Sopranos to name just a few, are availabe in complete seasons. House of Cards for example, the entire season was available at once. No waiting each week for another episode. You can watch an entire season in one sitting. If you have that kind of time. That’s where he term “Binge Watching” came from. You binge and watch it all.
But is that a good thing or a bad thing? I have friends who, when a new season of a show comes out, will sit and watch the entire season in marathon form. As if it were one long movie. See, that’s too much for me. I’ll admit if the show is really compelling my wife and I will look at each other and say “Wanna watch another one?” And we usually do. But rarely is it more than 2 in a row. I will admit, rarely do I watch a show at it’s normal time each week. I will watch it on demand. But I still like to spread it out. My friends laugh at me. I am still watching the Sporanos. I never had HBO when the show came out so I started late. And although I love the show, a couple a week satifies my craving for mob content. One day I’ll finish. And don’t worry about spoiling the ending. I already know.
I suppose that is another drawback to binge watching. Poeple who watch the entire season have the power to be a spoiler for the rest of us. So don’t be “That Guy” if you are a binge watcher. I suppose as our television viewing habits evolve there will be something new on the horizon. I can’t even imagine what it might be. I mean, who knew that a network would release an entire season of a show all at once. With no commercials. Seems like that never should have made sense. But new business models like Netflix actually have people paying for this type of viewing. And I’ll admit, I never thought I would be one of them but I am. And you know why? My time is valuable. You always hear that. Time is the one constant. Always moving forward. We can’t stop it. But we can control what we do with our time these days. Some like routine and some like to “Binge”. So belly up to the good old TV and consume my friends.
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