Lily Overby, 9
Have you ever sat on the couch after a stressful day at school and turned on your favorite show? Slowly you get wrapped into the perpetual rotation of watching episode after episode. Before you know it, it’s 10pm and you haven't even started your homework. This has lead me to two questions: Why do people binge watch TV, and is binge-watching bad for your health?
I know I tend to binge-watch when I’m stressed, which adds a distraction, but once it is over I still feel the stress that I did before. Maybe it does relieve stress for a little while, but it won’t fix why you are stressed. So, I don't recommend using binge-watching as a stress reliever. According to a recent study published in the Journal of American Heart Association, people who watch more than the hours of tv a day will have double the risk of premature death.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted a survey that showed an average American spends about 2.7 hours watching TV a day. Netflix also did a survey and found that 61 percent of users regularly watch 2-6 episodes of a show in one sitting. That same survey by Netflix also revealed that 73% of the participants had positive feelings associated with binge-watching. Dr. Renee Carr, a clinical psychologist, says that our body produces dopamine when we do something enjoyable like binge-watching. That is the main reason why people binge-watch, and who doesn't love watching five episodes of their favorite show without leaving the comfort of their couch?