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Description: The working definition of binge watching (of TV shows) is watching2 or more episodes of a show at one sitting. Have you every done that? If so, have you every thought that binge watching might be a problem (or at least a potential problem) for you? If you want to figure that out for yourself, what criteria will you use? Think about what criteria you might use and then read the article linked below to see what a researcher in this area suggests.

Source: Are you binge-watching too much? How to know if your TV habits are a problem – and what to do about it, Mark Griffiths, The Conversation.

Date: December 3, 2021

Image by Sammy-Sander from Pixabay

Article Link: https://theconversation.com/are-you-binge-watching-too-much-how-to-know-if-your-tv-habits-are-a-problem-and-what-to-do-about-it-172817

It is important to be clear that the author of the linked article is NOT saying that we need to consider adding binge watching to the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). He IS suggesting that the criteria used to define an addition could be useful in deciding when binge watching has shifted from an adaptive pass-time to a problem that needs to be addressed. Not stopping there, the searcher goes on to discuss research that provides some support for using the addiction-based criteria to draw lines between adaptive and maladaptive binge watching. His suggestions for how to stop doing it are helpful as well.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What criteria for problematic binge watching did you come up with before reading the linked article?
  2. How did your criteria compare to those suggested by the author of the linked article?
  3. How might we get information about these criteria out to those who might benefit from knowing them (without making then feel defensive)?

References (Read Further):

Dixit, A., Marthoenis, M., Arafat, S. Y., Sharma, P., & Kar, S. K. (2020). Binge watching behavior during COVID 19 pandemic: a cross-sectional, cross-national online survey. Psychiatry research, 289, 113089. Link

Griffiths, M. (2005). A ‘components’ model of addiction within a biopsychosocial framework. Journal of Substance use, 10(4), 191-197. Link

Starosta, J., Izydorczyk, B., & Wontorczyk, A. (2021). Anxiety-Depressive Syndrome and Binge-Watching Among Young Adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 2895. Link

Ahmed, A. A. A. M. (2017). New era of TV-watching behavior: Binge watching and its psychological effects. Media Watch, 8(2), 192-207. Link

Wheeler, K. S. (2015). The relationships between television viewing behaviors, attachment, loneliness, depression, and psychological well-being. Link

Tóth-Király, I., Bőthe, B., Tóth-Fáber, E., Hága, G., & Orosz, G. (2017). Connected to TV series: Quantifying series watching engagement. Journal of behavioral addictions, 6(4), 472-489. Link