Pick a comfortable place. The floor, a bed, a couch. Grab a laptop, a phone, a tablet, or park yourself next to an old-school TV. Prepare snacks and drinks for an extended period of time. Do some research, and select a show or movie series. Watch it all.

This is how to binge watch.

While parents hate it because you don’t interact for lengthy periods of time and teachers hate it because it may impact productivity, it turns out it could be good for your health.

Sitting isn’t great for you, nor is carelessly shoving food in your mouth. In this sense, binge-watching is not beneficial for physical health: it is beneficial for mental health.

According to cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken, 73% of binge-watchers associated this behavior with positive feelings. Additionally, 76% said binge-watching is a refuge from their busy lives.

Interpersonal communications expert, Michael T. Motley, went to far as to say that binge-watching with a partner can create a healthier and more positive relationship.

“People naturally compare their own relationship and their relationship partners against others in their social landscape. Noting ‘That person on TV has beautiful hair, just like you do’…can be a way to insert positivity into everyday television watching,” Motley wrote in his study.

Other good news includes how binge-watching, or watching in general, can improve emotional intelligence. Published in a study from Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, those who watched TV dramas were more likely to be able to judge a stranger’s emotions from just their eyes than those who don’t watch TV dramas.

Again, binge-watching can also be extremely destructive as it leads to procrastination, loss of sleep or an altered sleep schedule, and unhealthy eating and exercise habits. However, binge-watching every once in a while can have a positive impact on mental and emotional health, and on relationship building.

 

Thanks for reading and happy (occasional) binge-watching, friends!

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