Binge Watching Makes You Stupid
Binge is the new black. That’s what Netflix, and other media outlets tell us as they rev up for the holiday season. Are your in-laws too much? Kids driving you nuts? Had enough holiday cooking, cleaning, and entertaining? Well, take a break from real life and the stresses of the holidays and focus on something less confrontational: television.
Media outlets encourage binge watching, accepting it as a cultural norm. But new studies (whose results should come as no surprise to anyone with common sense) say “watching lots of TV makes you stupid.” I’ve already written about how Facebook wants our time; but couple our binge watching with our addiction to social media and Ray Bradbury’s world sits just around the corner—“flinging [or bingeing] itself to death.” Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 contains a world in which the culture makes a conscious decision to stop reading books and embrace “parlor watching” (or, television families), isolation, and suicide. As Bradbury suggests, substituting the real for make-believe leads to moral calamity.
So, are we bingeing our way toward idiocy?