It’s hard not to binge in this day and age. I particularly binge because it’s the best way to keep background noise going. When I’m working, I’ll turn on a long running show that I’ve seen a lot. It works well with things like The Office and Parks and Recreation and Friends.
But when I think of binge watching, I don’t think of it as this endless spiral that I get caught up in. I think the more accurate metaphor for the binge watching that I do is quicksand.
When I start a series, I watch it all the time. I watch it while I work. I watch it before I go to bed. I watch it while I write (I’m watching How I Meet Your Mother right now as I’m writing this). I keep going and going until everything else falls away.
And then I reach the bottom.
This is how quicksand usually works. Quicksand is a pocket of sand that is saturated with water. For the most part, they’re not that deep. The problem is that you’re stuck at this point. There’s not a good way to get out unless someone comes along and helps you out.
So with binge watching, I find myself in a rut until I can move onto something else.
It’s not a terrible thing, I don’t think. It keeps consuming media and moving forward in a way that benefits my writing as well as my mental health