How exactly is “binge watching” defined? Does it imply daily viewing? Plowing through multiple episodes in a series in one sitting? Or is it simply about sticking with a series?
I’m a newbie when it comes to this whole phenomenon. I watched the first two seasons of House of Cards over a year, but quit when the news revealed that Kevin Spacey was eerily like the character he played in that series. Mostly I’m a local news and college sports t.v. watcher. Mostly I don’t watch t.v. Part of me doesn’t want to be a binge watcher. But about eighteen months ago my daughter encouraged me to give Gilmore Girls a try. The combination of clever, fast-paced dialog and a storyline that centered on a mother and daughter and included a cast of delightfully quirky characters hooked me immediately.
So here I am, halfway through season five (there are seven in all), committed to seeing it through to the end. It makes me laugh. Sometimes it makes me tear up. Occasionally I’ll watch two episodes in a row but usually it’s more like two episodes in a week. Almost always I’m under my covers and feeling too tired to concentrate on my book but not quite ready to turn out the light. Is it binge watching? I’m not sure. Do I feel a little bit guilty? Yup. But I can think of worse things I could be doing with my time.