'OITNB' season four is streaming. But is binge watching shows bad for you? | The Tylt
The highly-anticipated and darker fourth season of Orange is the New Black is finally streaming! And as one of Netflix's most binge-watched shows, fans are going nuts to see the newest season in one sitting. But is binge watching streamed shows bad for our mental health?
The Guardian wrote in an op-ed that binge watchers report feeling sad or anxious after they've finished a TV favorite. And cases of anxiety and depression caused by binge watching are not uncommon. Writing for the New York Times, essayist Matthew Schneier said he felt “anxious, wistful, bereft” after watching Master of None in its entirety, a comedy starring Aziz Ansari.
But is this always the case? Should a few anedoctal cases of depression and anxiety stop online TV fans from enjoying their favorite shows?
On the hand, OITNB fans are pumped! This is a big event for folks and planned a weekend of relaxation to enjoy it. So, can TV actually be a form of self-care? Online streaming has made "watching TV favorites" much more immersive and thrilling. The best part is that you don't have to wait week-to-week. But what happens when you're done? Are you waiting even longer for the next season?
What do you think: #BingingFun or #BingingBad?
'OITNB' season four is streaming. But is binge watching shows bad for you?
Binge watching OITNB is bad for you. You feel sad when you finish too early and your friends are still on episode 2-3.— Z (@AnzalOmar) June 17, 2016
Don't binge OINTB. Don't binge OINTB.— Krys C. (@KrysCollins_) June 17, 2016