Understanding Binge Watching

After that long hard day of work you sit yourself down and start watching your go to series, next minute you’re on the second last episode. We all do it and were all guilty for what we call binge watching. With TV series and movies sets becoming available on streaming service platforms like Netflix and Stan, we are finding ourselves watching more and more TV. Especially during COVID, what better way to pass time on the weekend? Yet we ask ourselves, should we be worried that we will get those ‘square eyes’ our parents warned us about if we sit through an entire season of Friends or Game of Thrones? Or is it fine to cure that guilty pleasure by having a Harry Potter marathon?

We speak to Dr Brad Ridout from the Cyberpsychology Research Group at the University of Sydney.

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