You’re Not Alone In Binge Watching: Half Of Netflix Users Finished Shows Within One Week

Like heroin. Or meth, I suppose.

Like heroin. Or meth, I suppose.

It’s not just you and your friends exchanging stories of That One Time I Spent Three Straight Days Watching An Entire Season Of Breaking Bad To Catch Up Before The Finale. Everyone does it, or at least, about half of the users Netflix studied are binge watching as well.

Netflix announced today that it found the same pattern of binge watching over and over again: About half of the viewers watching stuff on Netflix finished an entire season within one week. That’s up to 22 episodes.

“Our viewing data shows that the majority of streamers would actually prefer to have a whole season of a show available to watch at their own pace,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix in a statement (via the Wall Street Journal).

As if you didn’t already realize it while chatting with friends about how Orange Is The New Black is too good to watch and then turn off, this information shows that maybe bingeing is just how we do things now. Why hold yourself back from the next episode when it’s just waiting for you to click play? It’s not like you’re doing anything else tonight.

Being a show binger is cool now anyway, as viewers called themselves bingers whether they were watching three episodes in a row or 13.

For its bit of research, Netflix said it looked at subscribers who watched “currently popular” shows available on Netflix. That means not just say, Netflix original series like House of Cards, but broadcast and cable series. It’s not saying which ones, but did add that at least one of its own series was included.

But there’s only so much content we can handle — Netflix also found that most of the viewers only vanished completely into one show at a time, instead of several at the same time. A brain can get full, you know. Not that that’s keeping any of us from trying to fill it with tasty, tasty entertainment.

Netflix Says Binge Viewing is No ‘House of Cards’ [The Wall Street Journal]

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  1. dan2112 says:

    I too, have taken the binge plunge… The only issue I can see developing, on a personal level, is forgetting about a show or at least losing track of when a new season is about to start. That and going through withdrawls..

    I watched Orange is the New Black over the course of a couple of days and now I grow impatient waiting for a new season to begin… At least by watching shows once a week, the time between seasons seems much shorter (because it is!)

    The other issue becomes letting things like work (office or house) get put by the wayside because we’re so tuned into a show.

  2. theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

    i got into the habit when netflix first offered streaming. i was really sick at the time and out of work so catching up on all the episodes of sliders that i had missed seemed like a good idea at the time
    it’s great because you get the entire plot, instant gratification. all the cliffhangers are resolved in an hour, not a week or next year.
    it’s not so great when a show jumps the shark. you might not notice how bad a show is getting when you only see it once a week. when you watch a really great season and then you watch a terrible season, it’s really painful because have a very clear recent memory that the last three episodes you watched earlier today also sucked badly.

    • Cara says:

      When I was a kid and home sick, I remember watching The Price is Right and daytime soaps because that was basically the only thing on at the time.

      Now I am so thankful for Netflix (and Amazon’s Instant Video program!) to let me watch entire seasons while I’m sick. Spent most of my last pregnancy watching the entire 2005-2011 seasons of Doctor Who. Great way to pass the time when you’re stuck at home and typically told to rest as much as possible.

      I also agree about noticing things more when you’re watching them back to back. Horrible seasons are more easy to spot, as are continuity issues.

    • MathManv2point0 says:

      Yeah, the same thing happened when I binge-watched Fringe.

      Also, Price is Right on sick days was the best…

      :: Fringe SPOILER ALERT::

      When I watched the first episode of the final season started I was all like, “what the hell? that was a weird epsiode.” And then I watched the second and said, “what the hell? Is this the ‘plot’ now?”…

  3. Xenotaku says:

    There’s a bit of a controversy right now, in the anime community, regarding Netflix and binge watching.

    Because of binge watching, Netflix puts all of a show/season up at once. While this is normally well and good for things that have already been released. However, Netflix scored the streaming rights to a much anticipated series “Knights of Sidonia”.

    Usually, with streaming new series, they are done as simulcast (or near enough). FUNimation, Crunchyroll, The Anime Network, Viz Anime, and Hulu all stream their shows within a few days to a week of their Japanese airing (if not sooner than that).

    Netflix, however, has said that the show will not stream until “summer 2014″ (I translate this as to anywhere from June until August). The show, however, starts in the Spring 2014 season in Japan (usually shows will start in April), delaying at least 2, possibly up to 4 months, as opposed to that many days.

    A lot of people are upset over this, especially as Netflix is a paid-only service (all other services offer their stuff free, although possibly on a delay). A lot of people are also looking at pirating the series rather than wait.