Binge-Watching Netflix Is Making You Lonely And Depressed
I love Sunday mornings, spent in bed until 1pm, watching House of Cards or Friends or some other show that catches my attention. I also enjoy nights, at home and relaxing, with a movie playing and a quiet drink in hand. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
There’s nothing wrong with relaxing, you work hard, you deserve it. There is however a problem when that relaxing turns into full seasons in one sitting. A sedentary lifestyle is an unhealthy one, and can cut years off of your life.
Turns out there’s another negative involved with this lifestyle–loneliness and depression. A study in the Huffington Post shows that those negative emotions are directly related to binge-watching:
The researchers conducted a survey on over 300 millennials, asking how often and how much they watched TV, how often they felt lonely, and examining various measures of depression and self-regulation. Those who lacked self-regulatory skills reported being unable to stop clicking “next” even though they knew there were other things they needed to do, indicating a lack of self-control. The data also showed that feelings of loneliness and depression were directly correlated with binge-watching.
So if that time to unwind at the end of the day is starting to turn into late nights of reruns and weekends of full-season streaming, it might be time to break the loop and go get some socializing done! Read the rest of the article for more information about the study.
About Sam Brinson Sam is a writer living in Uruguay. Sam follows the latest in aging break throughs.