Jami Teems, Staff Writer

The average subscriber to Netflix only watches nine hours. But for many teens and young adults this is not true. Many of us binge watch seasons of shows in a one weekend. The Netflix addicts that are being referred to are not the people who sit and watch a movie, or one or two episodes Grey’s Anatomy, but those sitting down finishing entire series in a weekend.

In a recent study done by the University of Texas at Austin, researchers polled 319 people and determined that 237 of those polled met a pre-determined binge-watching definition. This poll reported that binge-watchers were more likely to have behaviors that are usually telltale signs of depression. The same study states that people 18-25 are most likely to binge watch on sites like Netflix and Hulu. This particular study decided that two episodes in a row was enough to consider someone a binge-watcher, although many find that binge-watching is when people consume whole seasons of shows in a day or a weekend. This binge-watching consumes almost 15 hours for most people. This addiction encourages procrastination and unhealthy lifestyles that students may not even realize they are a part of.

Even though most people joke about this binge, but as Netflix ceremoniously declared in 2013, binge-watching is the new normal.  The service definitely helps the behavior by offering whole seasons of shows at once. It’s defiantly ironic how the word “binge” has a negative connotation in any other context, but for watching tv shows and movies, it’s accepted without a second thought.