A news report citing experts said that binge-watching can contribute to identification, which is when viewers identify with a character in a show, encouraging them to indulge in fantasy. As a result, the viewer imagines him or herself living in the world of the characters they watch. After a series ends, we mourn its loss, a phenomenon called situational depression.
How can I curb its bad effects?
There are ways to avoid the dangers of binge-watching.
- Set limits: Set a timer or ask a friend or family member to remind you and help you stay accountable.
- Watch with other people: This helps to prevent isolation; you can even discuss events in the show with your companion.
- Take breaks: Stretch, walk around, drink some water or go to the bathroom.
- Watch mindfully: If the show isn’t holding your attention, then maybe it’s not really worth watching. Consider other activities you could do.
- Mind your sleep: Turn off the TV or shut down your laptop early to avoid being kept up by blue light.
- Combine it with good habits: Watching can be done at the same time as healthy activities. Use the treadmill or lift weights while you watch.
- Evaluate your TV habits: Consider the kinds of content you’re watching. Assess whether you watched a show to avoid facing a problem or responsibility.
Despite its addictive quality, it’s important to know why binge-watching is bad for you. There are a host of negative health effects that could happen to you, including sleep problems, addiction, and increased risk for heart disease. However, you don’t have to sacrifice your TV hobby. Be sure to set limits, watch mindfully, and assess your TV watching habits.
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