binge watching

The act of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, usually streaming or on DVDs.

Historical perspective: Binge watching shows on Netflix and other video on-demand services may take a significant toll on your sleep, reported in 2017. An international team of researchers had 423 young adults complete a survey assessing their sleep habits and how often they watched TV. More than 80% were binge watchers, meaning they had within the previous month viewed back-to-back shows, on any type of screen, in one sitting. Compared with the participants who didn’t get sucked into a show, the binge watchers reported more fatigue, more symptoms of insomnia, and heightened alertness at bedtime. Overall, they had a 98% higher risk for poor sleep than those who turned off the TV earlier.

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