Believe it or not, some actually viewed novels back in the 1770’s as potentially being “evil” since they were such a distracting form of entertainment. Kind of like binge-watching, right? But just look at how novels turned out! Today, they are considered to be a “healthy and constructive activity.” The same could be said for binge-watching.
Our favorite shows and movies are just a modern form of storytelling which Insider describes as “a vital human tradition.” Meaning that our “binge-watching (and reading) habits” are totally rational.
The word “binge” typically implies an unhealthy behavior and there are definitely some negative effects of course. For example, if you neglect your work to watch the entire first season of a new show, that’s bad. Don’t do that.
If you binge-watch the right way though, there are some health benefits:
- Promotes relaxation which decreases stress
- Finding meaning and insight by learning something new
- Promotes socializing with others who are also fans of the show
To make the most out of your binge-watching experience and reap these benefits, experts say to do it in a positive way:
- Set a stopping point ahead of time
- Don't multitask
- Prioritize sleep
- Munch on healthy snacks instead of junk food