You’re sitting on your bed, surrounded by snack food wrappers. Your laptop’s temperature is close to boiling, and it barely has any charge left. You know you should study, or at least go to bed, but as Detective Benson makes another arrest or New Directions sing their closing number, you think to yourself, just one more won’t hurt.
Sound familiar? There’s a new plague sweeping the nation. It can hit anyone, but in general, those at risk are between the ages of 16 and 23. Symptoms include lack of ambition, tired eyes and an obsessive need to know what happens next.
If you have any of these symptoms, there’s a very good chance you have OND: Obsessive Netflix Disorder.
“I feel guilty when I’m on it,” freshman Rachel Jones said. “When I watch it I try to minimize it, and open another screen.”
The site now has over 30 million subscribers. While Netflix’s mail delivery service is still popular, younger customers particularly take to its streaming capabilities.
For a mere $7.99 a month (that’s about one-fourth of the average Athens cable bill, dorm-dwellers), everything from trashy reality shows, Emmy award-winning dramas, mega-blockbusters and little-known indie flicks can be broadcast straight to your computer screen.
So, why are we all so obsessed?
Netflix is the definition of convenience, entertainment, and information overload – basically everything our generation loves. It’s a procrastinator’s paradise.
Don’t want to get work done? Just go to your computer and select exactly what you’re in the mood for, and completely zone out. That way, your procrastination experience is lived to the fullest. You can spend days and days discovering new shows and movies that no one has ever heard of, and you’ll get the bragging rights that you found it first to boot.
With Netflix’s category breakdowns, it’s so easy to do. Where else are you going to find weirdly specific categories like “Witty Dysfunctional-Family TV Comedies” and “Violent Vacation-Nightmare Movies?” By recommending movies and shows based on your interests, Netflix knows you better than you know yourself.
Netflix is becoming so popular that they’ve started launching their own series. Shows such as “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” have become smash hits, just from streaming hits alone. It’s practically its own network.
“I watched the entire first season of ‘House of Cards’ in two days,” Senior Brandon O’Malley said. “They release it all in one day, ’cause they know people like to binge watch.”
And binge watch they do.
Shows such as “How I Met Your Mother,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Scrubs” and “Gossip Girl” are perennial favorites, considering their minimum of six seasons each. Come on, you’re a college student. It’s not like you don’t have the time.
Now, if you’re wondering if there’s a cure for OND, you’re kind of out of luck. Unless you find a way to actually develop better time management skills, you might be stuck on this Netflix train for a while. But considering the impact it’s having on the entertainment industry, that might not be a bad thing.
Are you struggling with a Netflix addiction? No worries, so are we. (Blame Olivia Pope). Let us know what shows you’ve been binge watching in the comments, or tweet us @SpeakeasyMag!