Why Do We Love to Binge Watch?

By Brittany Wallace

One more episode, that is what we say to ourselves as we put our hand back into the Hot Cheetos bag and seamlessly finish an entire season of a TV show. Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Stranger Things; it doesn’t matter what your addiction is, you can’t help but watch another episode. It makes sense though, why wait to find out what happens when you could can know with just a click?


Grant McCcraken, a Canadian anthropologist, explains that we do this to escape the fast life of the digital world. When brief and uncomplicated content is being pushed our way continuously from social media, we crave something more complex that we can sink our teeth into.

Other psychologists worry that binge watching may be a sign of depression and anxiety. Also, it may be done in an unhealthy way which interferes with our lives.

Sensation seeking– a trait defined by the seeking of varied, novel, complex, and intense sensations and experiences, and the willingness to take physical, social, legal, and financial risks for the sake of such experience. (International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), 2015.

There is a thin line between having a free Saturday and deciding to watch a whole season of a show or missing out on social gatherings and work to continue a show. I believe most of us fall into the first category, but if you feel yourself sliding into the second, evaluate your priorities and seek help.