What Binge Watching Means for Us, and What We Can Do Instead

What Binge Watching Means for Us, and What We Can Do Instead

what binge watching means

Binge Watching Means You’re Awesome.

To media platforms, that is. You’re the perfect customer.

I’m a binge watcher myself. But streaming media platforms give me pause. (haha. sigh.) I’m not categorically opposed to media streaming. Platforms like Steam and Bandcamp make room for independent developers and artists to find their audiences. They can be awesome tools for creatives.

But platforms like Netflix are problematic when they encourage us to binge watch. YouTube, with its finely-honed algorithms suggesting that next video, merely to keep you watching and watching, troubles me the most.

Why? Well, they make it seem like we are worth the most to our corporate overlords when we are consuming media. If they can keep our eyes on a screen, or ears on their channels, they can sell ad space. Binge watchers are cash cows. We’re worth a ton.

But we’re worth far more when we are creating. When we’re identifying and solving problems. Think about that.

An Alternative to Binge Watching.

So I propose that, the next time you find yourself binge watching, you make it a point to switch gears.

I say instead of binge watching, treat yourself to a session of binge making.

And this is coming from someone who watched all of Dark Matter in a week. And all 11 seasons of M*A*S*H in a month. And every Randolph Scott film available on YouTube. Binge watching means a lot to me. It got me through a tough time, when my preemie son came home from the hospital and couldn’t sleep through the night. So I get it.

Binging on a favorite show is a treat. But as someone obsessed with the creative arts, I know there’s a better treat.

Treat Yo’self to a Creative Bender.

Nothing — nothing — is as enjoyable as solving a problem.

There are 30 episodes of Riverdale. Binge-tastic. Or — imagine jotting down 30 ideas for episodes of your own serial, instead.

There are four days, three hours and 30 minutes of The Office. It’s a great show. Binge it. I’d understand. But what if you took a long weekend, and went on an art bender instead? Sketched or painted for four days?

Imagine chewing on a creative problem the same way you chew through episodes of Orange is the New Black. You try one answer, think about it, and — like clicking on “next video” — try another. And another. And another.

It may be a bit harder to jump into a binge making session than a binge watching session. Okay, a lot harder.

But do me a favor. Try it. Go on a creative bender.

Binge make.