You're Not 'Binge-Watching,' You're 'Being Lazy'
Willa Paskin thinks marathon sessions are getting too much credit
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 14, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Damn it, Jesse, you're just watching TV!   (AP Photo/AMC, Ursula Coyote)

(Newser) – Once upon a time, spending six straight hours watching TV was considered a mind-rotting display of laziness. Now, it's called "binge-watching," and it's "the culturally sanctioned activity of high-achieving, culturally literate adults," writes Slate TV critic Willa Paskin. But she's not convinced it's all it's cracked up to be. "If you are not the type of person who has ever lost an afternoon to a marathon of Hoarders, you may not be aware of how exactly it is like losing an afternoon to House of Cards."

Yeah, excellent shows like Breaking Bad make for great binges, but so does less-exalted fare like 24. "When we binge-eat and binge-drink, we don't chug glasses of Chateau Lafite." Great shows are measured by how long you'd wait for a new episode if you had to, not how quickly you hit "Next." There's nothing wrong with guzzling some Orange Is the New Black if you want. Just "keep in mind that the distance between you and some imagined figure pounding Mountain Dew and Quarter Pounders while watching hours of Pawn Stars is not so vast." Click for Paskin's full column.

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Barbs1133
Nov 14, 2013 3:31 PM CST
If you read the full article you might agree with me that Willa Paskin has the problem of being lazy. She goes beyond watching a show after she is no longer enthused about after watching several episodes. I binge watch occasionally but not because I am lazy. I have done my bit for the week or the month and binge watching a show I want to catch up on is what I want to do that day or weekend.
TheProducer
Nov 14, 2013 2:33 PM CST
Amount of time it takes to watch 8 Episodes of Breaking Bad, Watching one a week: 8 hours. Amount of time it takes to watch 8 Episodes of Breaking Bad, Watching all at once: 8 hours. Screw you lady. You're taking time out every week to do something, I'm just getting it all done at once.
LoginsSuck
Nov 14, 2013 2:22 PM CST
Poppycock and balderdash! What a load of rubbish. Am I supposed to listen to one song track of an album at a time or possibly watch Operas or plays one act a week? Does it make it better if I wait a week for the next part? You really don't believe there is a difference between binge watching hoaders or Honey boo boo and binge watching a critically acclaimed series? That's like saying there is no difference between Mozart and Wiz Khalifa. Besides an occasional binge of series is not a bad thing, even if your guilty pleasure is Fast and Loud or (shudder) Amish Mafia. It's your afternoon to waste or lose as you please. If you have leisure time, then spend it the way you want. It's when that binge becomes a daily habit that there is a "lazy" problem. You are arguing the slippery slope here and it's just not there. -Proud binge watcher of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, & Walking Dead. I also like to turn on the History Channel or Discovery channel and leave it on all day while I am cleaning/organizing the house or cooking a large meal or involved in a large project. I've also been know to binge watch & read the LOTR & Harry Potter series.