Netflix Addiction

Sierra is 3rd year Child and Youth Care student at Fanshawe College. She is currently doing her final placement at mindyourmind. She has always had a strong passion of working within the mental health field and helping anybody that she can. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, hiking, watching Netflix, and spending time with loved ones.

Do you find yourself spending endless hours staring at your tv or laptop screen watching Netflix?

Do you find yourself getting upset and anxious about a tv series coming to an end?

Do you find yourself dreaming about the characters in your favorite series?

Do you find yourself referring to these characters in real life, as if you know them?

Do you find Netflix as an escape and wish that you were in that show instead of your own life?

If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, you may be addicted to Netflix.

I myself, answered yes to all of these questions and would consider myself as being dependent on Netflix. I turn to Netflix for all of my needs. My boredom, my sadness, my excitement, and my anger. I know I can always count on Netflix to be there for me and make me laugh. It really is an escape for me from the real world. I escape the real world by putting myself in the world of Gilmore Girls or Friends, just wishing that I had the happiness that they have in their lives.

I know that it’s not always a good coping strategy to use when i’m feeling certain ways, essentially, it’s me running away from my problems and feelings. I know that doing this comes with consequences. I often find myself watching an episode, next thing I know, it’s 3am and i’ve just sat in the same spot for the past 6 hours. At this point, I just messed up my whole sleeping schedule and I probably won’t get up tomorrow morning for my 8am class. I’ve also realized that when I eventually do stop binge watching Netflix, I get really sad. Sad that I have to go back to reality and be an adult, and sad that I don’t get to watch Joey and Phoebe anymore.

According to research, binge-watching tv (the majority of people defined binge-watching as two to five hours of consecutive video viewing in one day.) is tied to feelings of loneliness and depression.They also found that those who binge-watch lacked the self-regulation to stop, suggesting that binge-watching may be an addictive behavior.

Most people that I know, including myself,  that binge-watch tv shows do it when they’re feeling stressed. Which leads to them letting Netflix consume their life and stops them from completing any responsibilities that they may have. It’s the ultimate help when somebody is trying to procrastinate, which people are definitely aware of, but it doesn’t stop people from watching countless hours and not doing completing responsibilities.

It’s obvious that binge-watching isn’t the best coping strategy, and I should probably learn some better ways to deal with my problems but I probably won’t. I am addicted to Netflix and it is consuming my life, but it’s a vicious cycle that i’m not quite ready to get out of.