It’s clear now that binge watching TV shows is the new way around busy schedules, especially those who have to work or study into prime-time hours. Multiple decades ago, TV networks correctly assumed that most people worked a normal 9 to 5 job and were lounging in their living chairs ready to watch TV by 8 p.m. That was the standard way of life in America for decades until the traditional work schedule began to change. And even if some people still work normal hours, there’s so much TV happening at once, there isn’t a choice but to catch up on shows all at once later.
If you grew up in a time when you remember everyone watching everything at the same time and with your family, binge watching might be thought to be taking away from those values. This doesn’t have to happen if you use some ingenuity and want to share episodes of a show with people that matter to you. Binge watching can bring some creativity to watching schedules without necessarily having to watch everything all by your lonesome.
Binge Watching Parties or Weekends
Do you want that feeling of being able to watch something with your family and friends so you can discuss a show in real time rather than being out of sequence? Schedule a weekend day where you can all binge watch a show together, which may have to involve streaming over your TV if watching a Netflix series. Binge watching parties can also be a lot of fun, as long as you have some snack breaks in-between so you don’t subject your friends to sitting for six hours straight.
In the chance your family or friends are out of town, link up by cell phone and sync things so they can watch at the same time you’re watching. Then do a live chat or video chat over the net for a sense of group continuity.
Do Live Commentary Over Twitter
Binge watching doesn’t have to be a lonely affair, or even with family and friends. With a popular show, you can binge watch and go on Twitter to give personal commentary. Especially if you have an established fan base, writing your own witty comments can start a group discussion that helps you gain a feeling you’ve all watched the show collectively. Just be sure to give out warnings to your followers that you might be giving out spoilers if they haven’t yet watched those episodes. Likewise, tell people not to give anything away while you’re doing the commentary so your own commentary can have the element of surprise.
Doing Binge Watching Over a Period of Days
Those who remember watching miniseries on network or cable TV can bring that same feeling if binge watching is stretched more reasonably over two or three days. Perhaps you have a few days off from work and want to watch an entire series with friends and family. For spring break, for instance, why not make a few days available to watch an entire series you’ve all wanted to see? This brings back the feeling of having breaks in-between a network or cable miniseries so you can have breathers to discuss plot points.
While some people are doing all-day binge watches of shows, you’re better off having some sense of moderation. It’s the only way if you want to bring back a family experience rather than forcing the act of watching TV into a state of isolation.