I’ve always been an each to their own kind of person so I’m not here to judge anyone’s choices. If it’s working for you and not having any negative or unhealthy side effects, then I say go for it.
So let’s talk about this in the context of television! I think it’s when it comes at a cost that one needs to re-evaluate how much time they are watching television. What is it pulling you away from? Is it causing damage or a loss to these things?
One big area that binge-watching television can affect is one’s relationships. A question to ask may be: Are you watching television alone or building a bond together with someone as you share in the laughs of a show?
If you are watching alone and this time is coming at the cost of your relationships perhaps more balance in your life is needed. One thing I always say is that people come first over things. If you have a relationship that is suffering because of your binge-watching maybe it’s time to spend more time with that person. Or even ask them to join you in a movie night or two.
Work and Homework
The other big area that we always want to be careful about is our making sure television watching isn’t affecting our priorities, whether those priorities are related to school or work. Is your television bingeing affecting you meeting work deadlines or getting assignments in on time? If so, perhaps it’s worthwhile to set aside time for these things first before turning on the television.
But It’s So Easy….
It is incredibly easy to start binge watching a show and not stop for hours. And before you know it the afternoon is gone and your project is not done. Oftentimes, I try to compromise with myself if I really feel the need to binge-watch a show. I put it on while I work if it’s a show I can tangentially watch while diligently working away. It’s sort of my win-win. I find it’s quite easy to pause a show then when there comes a time in my project for deep concentration.
What about you?
What are your thoughts about binge watching television? Do you feel the pull or desire to do it? Has it come at a cost for you or have you managed to find a healthy balance between that and your other work?