Let's be honest with ourselves — the fourth season of Netflix's House of Cards came out on Friday, and we were all finished it by Sunday at the very latest. Hell, most of us watched Love in one sitting. Binge-watching is a part of the times we live in, but according to a study it also might be one of the reasons we feel so empty inside.
Vice points to a study from the University of Toledo where 408 participants were studied based on their television viewing habits. The participants were all 18 years old or over, and completed a survey for the study.
Of the participants, 142 of them (or 35 percent) identified themselves as "binge-watchers," meaning they watch an absurd amount of TV on a daily basis. That said, an overwhelming majority of participants (77 percent) admitted to watching upwards of two hours of television on the daily, even if they didn't classify themselves as "binge-watchers."
Either way, the study proved that the amount of TV you watch will in fact contribute to your overall "TV addiction," adding that "TV viewing (especially screen time) is associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes."
The study concluded that binge-watching "is a growing public health concern that needs to be addressed."
So if you're feeling bummed out and stressed, it might be because you're watching too much TV. On the flip side, if you stop watching TV now you might become one of those people who don't know what everyone's talking about at a party. Or, worse yet, you might become one of those people who boasts, "I don't even own a TV."