One of the most fascinating things I have notice about the word binging has changed substantially through the years. We used to always think that binging just meant eating a lot of food or drinking a lot alcohol but now with the arrival of Netflix, VUDU and Hulu; the term binging has a whole new meaning. Of course being a person with Asperger's syndrome having been diagnosed with OCD you would think that this is something that I would have a really hard time with. The truth is I actually have a really hard time being able to sit down and do this binging that most people do when it comes to television shows. I guess at this point I need to stop for moment and define my terms in the word binging now means to literally sit through an entire series of TV shows for either a season or for whole series and watch every single episode one after the other without stopping.
Now I can say that my daughters Sarah and Christen both are very good at this binging and even some my other children are very good at binging however for some crazy reason I'm not. Here's a good example of what I'm talking about: whenever Netflix gets a television series, they don't show them once a week they drop the whole season at one time. Marvel Entertainment has partnered up with Netflix to release original material like “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”. As much as I love the Marvel Universe, there is no way I could sit down and watch the entire season in one sitting yet many people are able to pull off this feat. I guess the best reason why I can never sit through a series is because I get too frigidity. I don't like standing still in one place for long periods of time - I would make a terrible living statue! My twin daughters, however, can easily sit through several shows if not the whole season at one time.
I find this binging rather funny since it seems like this is the 'new' craze. I see it mentioned in ads on television, movies and on regular television shows. Many times, people will intentionally wait until the entire season is over and Netflix will pick it up and that's when the people will watch it. I believe in many ways it has to do with the advertising on television. Even if people have DVR'ed the shows, they don't always like the mundane task of fast forwarding through the commercials it's just easier to watch the shows straight through without commercial interruptions. I have to admit that I have seen myself doing the exact same thing. I have recorded the entire season of “Doctor Who”, but I haven't watched a single episode yet; however, I did see all of “Jessica Jones”. The difference, “Doctor Who” has commercials and “Jessica Jones” does not. I will say that I did watch most of the episodes on the computer rather than watching anything on television.
Like I said earlier, I do have OCD, but sitting through show after show is almost impossible for me. I do know that sitting in one position for a long period of time can be rather dangerous because if you don't move around to create blood flow...it can actually kill you. Television has definitely come a long way since I was a child. Having all of these new ways of watching television really blows my mind. I must still emphasize that physical activity is important and watching hours of television shows most of the time is not healthy for you.
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