Remember the time when you binge-watched your favorite series and you couldn’t get enough of it? Don’t worry, you are not alone, especially when you live in America. According to a study conducted by Deloitte, 91% of Gen Z and 86% of Gen X binge-watch a variety of TV shows.
Even 40% of the millennials exhibit this behavior and go through six hours and seven episodes, on average, in a single setting. A poll conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult depicted that 60% of the adults in the United States binge-watch shows.
When did binge-watching start?
The term originated in the 1980s when TV stations started to host marathon sessions of the most popular shows. In the 1990s, people started to jump on the bandwagon due to the cult-like status of “Sex and the City,” Seinfeld,” and “Friends.”
With the introduction of DVDs, it became easier for Americans to watch all the episodes of their favorite shows in a single sitting. As online streaming started to kick off in the 21st century, people all over the world started binge-watching. Services such as Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix have thousands of shows and movies among them.
What are the reasons for binge-watching?
The main reason why people can’t get enough of TV shows is that they want to know more about the story. Scriptwriters, producers, directors, and actors are great at making sure you are curious about what happens in the next episode. Some shows even give you a teaser at the end so that you feel compelled to watch the next one.
The second reason is that people love the cast, which could be due to the incredible acting skills or celebrity status of the artists. Once you form an emotional connection with the character, it is hard to peel yourself away from the TV screen. Another common reason behind why people watch so much TV is that they look at it as a way to relax after a long day.