The Netflix Effect

You may be addicted to video streaming.

Posted: 05/02/2011 12:00 PM EDT
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We live in a “fast food” kind of culture. Because of the advances in technology there’s a vast amount of knowledge and entertainment at our finger tips, available within seconds. It’s all fun and games now, but how is this affecting our health?

African-Americans are watching over seven hours of television a day. Usage of online video streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu is up 45 percent this year, which means Blacks are likely seeing more couch time than ever before. With 38 percent of African-Americans obese, the last thing we need is more couch time.

It used to be that you had to go to an actual video store to watch a movie at home, and there was often a limit on the number of movies you could rent at a time. Now all you have to do is turn on your computer, Wii, or HD television and you have unlimited access to countless movies, shows and videos. (Isn’t it ironic that the Wii, which was touted as a great video game system to get people off the couch, is now keeping them on it?)

 

According to Gawker, the symptoms of Netflix streaming addiction are:

—Insomnia brought on by watching every episode of a compelling series in a row at the expense of getting a good night's sleep.

—Antisocial behavior as a result of staying in and making it a "Netflix night" rather than going out in public and seeing other human beings.

—Blackouts induced by spending an entire day watching movies back-to-back.

—Pop culture knowledge that is a shade outdated and limited only to topics that are offered as part of the streaming package.

—A glut of intense information about things most people don't care about

—A gnawing impatience when you can't watch what you want to watch when you want to watch it coupled with fits of rage when movies are not available for streaming and you must wait two whole days for an actual disc to arrive in a little red envelope in the mail.

If you find that you have any of these symptoms, it may be time to put down the remote. Give yourself a streaming limit and stick to it. If you have a TV with a timer that turns off the boob tube at a designated time, set it, and when it goes off, get out of the house.  

 

(Photo: Netflix)

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