Binge-watching TV show series became a “thing” with new TV streaming capabilities. But I recently had a week of binge-reading and wondered…. Is this good for me or not? Is it a harmless pleasure or a harmful addiction?
Googling the pros & cons of binging helped me both feel better about my binging on reading this book series, as well as highlighted the watch-outs. Binging (whether watching or reading) can be addictive.
Binge watching or binge reading:
- Allows pure enjoyment to take over as you immerse yourself in another time and place. You fall into the world of make-believe and away from stress of today’s world. It’s helpful in following long-term plot lines. It can boost the pleasure of solitude time. It works best when you like the characters, regardless of literary merit. Of all possible addictive behaviors, it’s probably one of the best.
- Can leave you feeling dazed and in need of exercise. You can begin to neglect other aspects of your life – sleeping, relationships. Sitting for extended periods of time is just not good for the body! Can lead to feeling of guilt for wasting time.
I’m re-reading a book series from the beginning. I’ve always wanted to, as I love the characters. I’m finding real pleasure in seeing the relationship’s beginnings, when I know that they will flourish and shift. It’s also intriguing to see how the world has changed. It’s a futuristic series and the author began writing the books in 1995. There is reference to technology, which today is considered obsolete, although in 1995 it didn’t yet exist. As it’s set in NYC, they talk about the Twin Towers. It is not detracting from the story, but it’s interesting. A bit like remembering the original Star Trek with its doors that opened automatically and hand-held scanners being so futuristic.
To avoid the watch-outs of binging, I’m trying to not read into the early morning hours (I was and loss of sleep was getting to me!), trying to get up and move a bit more with mini-breaks (and not just to go get a snack), and trying to not neglect other aspects of my life (making sure I’m still doing crafting and chatting with folks). I’m moving a bit more into a regular reading mode versus a binge reading mode, but still staying with the series.
Do you binge read? Binge watch?
Picture credit – an attempt at another cork craft. I am certainly not great at painting faces!
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