The fine art of binge watching


From new groundbreaking shows like “House of Cards” and “Game of Thrones,” to older ones like “True Detective,” and classics such as “Twin Peaks,” it’s difficult to make enough time see all the shows your friends are talking about. Really, how do they watch so much while working a normal job? If you’re looking to catch up on popular shows, here are some great tips to take your binge watching to the next level.



Start Slow(ish)

Binge watching is all about maximizing time, but it’s also about comfort. Sure, sometimes it’s nice to sit around all day — or all night — and watch the latest season of “New Girl,” but sitting around for hours on end can actually stiffen your joints and back. Because of this, it’s a good idea to start slow. If your friends have been talking about the new season of “House of Cards,” catching up could take as few as eight nights. Watching episodes from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. for eight nights will have you completely caught up and in-the-know surrounding all of Frank Underwood’s latest exploits. Though this might seem like a lot, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to an epic binge watching session.

The Service

If you’re really going to commit you’ll need to prepare yourself. With services like Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Dish Anywhere, there are a lot of options when it comes to catching your favorite shows. While Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have opted to produce their own exclusive shows, Dish Anywhere stays out of that fray and simply focuses on bringing the experience of television onto your computer and mobile devices. With featured shows and movies, Dish Anywhere provides a different platform from which to watch, but this difference is no less attractive to the binge watcher.

The Must-Have Supplies

Whether you’re sitting down for a long evening of watching or are going to spend a full weekend catching up, you’ll need supplies. First off, a soft blanket is indispensable when binge watching your favorite shows. Preemptively buy some frozen pizzas. If watching on a TV, you’ll need batteries for the remote. Nothing is worse than discovering you won’t be able to continue your session because good batteries can’t be found. Though this isn’t really a supply, it’s a good idea to have a buddy system while binge watching in order to remind each other to go to work. While this may seem extreme, once those shades are pulled and the shows are rolling, it’s easy to lose track of time.

The Dangers

Though binge watching can be a lot of fun, and something many online streaming services encourage, there are dangers of binge watching. For instance, binge watching in a dark room can be hard on your eyes and cause eyestrain. For this reason, lights with dimmer switches are a good idea. Sitting for long periods of time doing nothing but zonking out can take a toll on your mind, so multi-tasking is recommended. Whether it’s knitting, ironing, cleaning or cooking, the point is to engage your brain in something other than viewing the screen for hours on end. To this end, take regular breaks and go outside for 15 or 20 minutes after a couple hours.



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