15 Signs Binge-Watching Is Taking Over Your Life

Remember the day when you’d have to wait a WEEK to see the next episode of your favorite TV show? Or if you missed a season there was basically no way of catching up unless they aired repeats? That all became a distant memory as soon as we entered the age of Netflix and binge-watching. Some people do it out of convenience, but for others binge-watching is an artform – it’s a way of life. Here are some signs to see if you belong in that second category.

1. Your idea of the perfect weekend includes 13 hours of House of Cards.

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2. When Netflix announces the premiere date for the new season of Orange is the New Black  – or any show really – your reaction is something like this.

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3. You’ve actually binge watched a show you’ve seen before. You’ve done the binge re-watch.

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4. You’ve inadvertently downloaded a virus by trying to stream a TV show illegally.

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5. You block all forms of social media until you’re done with a show, because hello? Spoilers! It’s also a problem when you try to have normal conversations.

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6. Choosing your next show to binge-watch requires in-depth research – including, but not limited to, a Facebook poll and Rotten Tomatoes consultation.

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7. When your binge-watching catches you up to a show’s current season and you realize you’ll have to watch it week-to-week like everyone else, you react like this.

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8. Completing an entire series sends you into an emotional spiral.

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9. When you’re stuck at work and all you can think about is finishing that season of Game of Thrones, this is you.

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10. You subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, etc. because you don’t want to miss anything. Never mind that your monthly bill costs more than regular cable.

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11. You’ve actually said to yourself, “Ok, just one more season, then I’m going to bed.”

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12. You’ve started watching a show when it was dark out, and finished when it was light.

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13. When you tell your friends how quickly you finished every season of Breaking Bad, they react similarly to this.

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14. You keep repeating this mantra in order to justify your existence.

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15. You show more determination and stamina with TV-watching than with anything else in your life. And you know what? You’re ok with that.

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There’s a lot of good TV out there. So keep at it, binge-watchers. We salute you.

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