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The New York Post’s Sara Stewart recently published an article about a new kind of pressure that’s arisen over the past few years: watching TV. Weird, right? Especially considering the fact that it wasn’t all too long ago that TV was thought to turn our brains into mush. Now shows of all kind—from HBO documentaries to Hulu originals—are not only viewed as enlightening content, but required watching for all of humanity. Some find this pressure all too real, breaking into a sweat each time a new series is recommended to them. Others remain steadfast in their belief that TV is just for fun. What do you think? 

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Stewart describes the feeling she gets after receiving new TV show recommendations as “something akin to being loaded down with too much homework.” She’s not exactly wrong—every time you think you’re done with one show, there’s yet another pending "must-see" waiting to be started, either in your queue or via word-of-mouth. And you just have to watch it, because how else can you understand all the memes that’re sure to be generated from it? 

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The worst part is, though, these shows aren’t the mindless episodes that you can blankly watch while eating junk food, eyes glazed; they’re cerebral novellas meant to be ingested, dissected, discussed. It’s like being in a friggin’ Socratic Seminar all over again. Leave that nonsense in undergrad, please. 

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If you feel pressured to do something like watch a TV show, you care way too much about what other people think. Watching shows is supposed to be a fun, totally not serious thing. Just because someone suggest something new to you doesn’t mean you have to watch it. Watch what you want to watch; leave everything else to the masses. 

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Besides, watching shows is quite the temporal undertaking, especially in today’s binging culture. You sit down to start something new, and there’s a tacit agreement between you and yourself that those eyeballs’ll be glued to that screen for at least four episodes. You really want to dedicate that much time to something you’re not into? Please—we don’t even do that with actual people. 

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Do you ever feel pressured to watch all the hit TV shows out there?
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