Binge Watching Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Even if you don’t know the term “binge watching,” you probably do a lot of it, especially if you’re a geek. The term means sitting down and watching your favorite shows for hours on end, and now one study tells us it could be hazardous to your health.

As Variety tells us, this study comes from the University of Texas, and it says that people who binge watch may be doing it to deal with depression and loneliness. Well duh. If you’re a geek with no life, your favorite TV shows and movies are your best friends.

Variety also reports that there was a link between binge-watching and “lack of self-control, fatigue and obesity.” Hel-lo! These researchers have never heard of geeks?

We all know that doing anything in excess is unhealthy, and it’s important to get out as much as you can and try and have a life, but there are worse things to be addicted to than your favorite TV shows and movies. Whenever I hear about addicts spending $500 a day on drugs, I often think to myself, Jeez, you know how many DVD box sets I could buy with that?

David Konow

David Konow has been a writer for far too long. He has written for Deadline, Indiewire, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, The Wrap, Tom's Games, and many others. He has also authored three books: Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and Reel Terror (St Martins).


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