You know the routine: After a crazy week of deadlines and social obligations, you reward yourself by watching an entire season of your favorite TV sitcom. And then the next season. And then the next.
Most college students (and twenty-somethings in general) no longer plan their lives around the NBC Thursday night line-up. They might not even own a television.
But they are watching hours and hours of TV — often on their laptops — thanks to boxed sets, streaming Netflix, Hulu and a variety of other Web sites, according to an article in the weekend Post by Scott Eidler, a recent Cornell University grad.
It’s called “binge watching,” according pop culture guru Bob Thompson of Syracuse University.
As Thompson says in the article: “There is no experience quite comparable to getting a really good show and getting the box-set seasons lined up, locking your door, filling your freezer full of microwaveable food, turning off the telephone, turning out the lights and just going crazy.”
(A disclosure: I’m guilty of being a binge watcher, especially when I am home for the holidays. Two years ago, my siblings and I watched every season of “How I Met Your Mother.” In December, we plowed through “Modern Family.” I don’t regret a minute of it.)
You can read Scott’s full article, here.