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BecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBinge-watching isgood for you1.1Binge-watching canpromote positivesocial connections2.1According to theauthors of a study inThe Journal of Socialand PersonalRelationships, "Whenwatching a favoriteshow together,couples enter a newfictional world,creating a sharedsocial experience thatbrings partnerscloser."3.1According to Dr.Ariane Machin,clinical psychologistand professor ofpsychology, "Bingewatching can make usfeel a part of acommunity withthose that have alsowatched it, where wecan connect over anin-depth discussion ofa show."3.2Binge-watching couldbe beneficial tomental health2.2Binge-watchingreleases dopamine inyour brain, whichcounteracts stress3.3According to Dr. JohnMayer, a clinicalpsychologist, "Binge-watching can set up agreat boundarywhere troubles arekept at bay."3.4According to Dr.Renee Carr, clinicalpsychologist, "Ifexperiencing apersonal crisis,remembering how afavorite character orTV role model solveda problem can givethe binge watchernew, creative orbolder solutions."3.5Binge-watchingmaximizes one'senjoyment of a show2.3Dr. Jonathan Fader, aclinical psychologist,noted that "watchinga series to completiongives us a feeling ofcontrol and power."3.6According to Dr.Pamela Rutledge,director of the MediaPsychology ResearchCenter, "Viewing afew episodes in a rowto create more of astory arc than can bedone in an hour canbe a good experience.In a way, it's likesaying, 'I reclaimedmy time doingsomething I enjoy.'"3.7Binge-watchingencourages a viewer'sfull immersion3.8Full-immersion in afictional worldoptimizes enjoyment3.9Is binge-watchinggood for you?You decide!1.3DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (from ProCon.org)1. Do you prefer watching several episodes of a new showat one time or one episode per week? How does your viewingexperience change when binge-watching?2. What other pros and cons for binge-watching can youlist? Which side do you find more convincing and why?3. What reasons can you think of to explain why somestreaming services like Netflix drop a full season at once?What reasons might a service such as Disney+ have forposting just one episode per week?Binge-watching isbad for you1.2Binge-watching canlead to mental healthissues2.4One study byresearchers at theUniversity of Texasfound, "When binge-watching becomesrampant, viewers maystart to neglect theirwork andrelationships withothers."3.10Keeping up with workand relationships isessential for goodmental health3.11Finishing a show cancause depression,anxiety, and feelingsof emptiness forsome viewers3.12According to Dr.Gayani DeSilva, eventhough binge-watching can helpyou de-stress, "yourbrain does a lot ofdeveloping betweenthe ages of 13 and 23[and] your rewardssystem (which isactivated when you'rebinge-watching)might have troubledeveloping if you'rebinge-watching a lotat an early age."3.13According to a studyby CivicScience, 60%of 12-17 year olds and69% of 18-29 yearolds engage in binge-watching3.14Binge-watching cancontribute to physicalhealth issues2.5A study published bythe Journal of theAmerican HeartAssociation foundthat, compared totheir peers whowatched less, adultswatching more thanthree hours of TVdaily had twice aslikely a risk ofpremature death3.15Sitting for longperiods of timeincreases one's risk ofdeveloping diabetes,heart disease, andcancer3.16Binge-watching mayresult in increasedeating, which isassociated withobesity and variousother healthconditions3.17One study found thatbinge-watching wasrelated to poorersleep quality, morefatigue, and insomnia3.18Binge-watching is lessenjoyable thanalternative methodsof watching TV2.6A study from theUniversity ofMelbourne found that"participants in thebinge-watchingcondition reportedsignificantly less showenjoyment thanparticipants in thedaily or weeklyviewing conditions."3.19BACKGROUND:Binge-watching is a relatively new behavioral phenomenon, definedas watching at least two episodes of a TV show in one sitting.Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Peacock are designed tokeep your attention with addictive content - and they're doing a greatjob of it. It is estimated that over half of the US population hasengaged in binge-watching. While some argue that binge-watching isa harmless and affordable method of de-stressing, others worryabout the health risks associated with the practice.Is binge-watching good for you, or better to stay away from? Readthe arguments and make up your own mind!1.4

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