Monday, April 6, 2015

Netflix Warns its Viewers to "Binge Responsibly"

With Spring Break coming to a close, that means its time to get off the beach and back to the reality of school work, not sleeping in until an ungodly hour in the afternoon, and for many, not binge watching Netflix. Netflix is a digital streaming company that gives its viewers seasons upon seasons of television series/shows.

On April 1st (April Fools Day) Netflix began to warn its viewers who watched more than two consecutive episodes of a show about the effects of "binge watching" TV. All the messages that warn viewers about the affects of binge watching were taken off after April 2nd. Binge watching is defined by Google as "watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession." A message such as this one would often pop up to tell its viewers to take care of their personal hygiene:
Netflix advises its viewers to Shower as an April Fool's Day joke
But in all seriousness, binge watching television programs can actually effect your health. According to Lilian Cheung, Director of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, she states, "There's convincing evidence in adults that the more television people watch, the more likely they are to gain weight or become overweight." Sitting and watching Netflix in a sedentary position for a long period of time seems to be linked to weight gain and type 2 diabetes. So although Netflix was kidding around on April Fool's Day, Netflix viewers should take into account the affects of binge watching and remember to: binge responsibly.

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