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Holiday TV Binge Watchers, Beware

A lot of people take time off in-between Christmas and New Years, and some of us are binge watching television shows.

Having said that, Holiday TV binge watchers beware.

I made the mistake of binge watching an episodic documentary series on Netflix called, “Blue Planet 2,” which received rave reviews, and is truly fascinating. After a few days off binging, I finished the series and the scary aftermath, punishment more or less for spending all that time in front of the boob tube, resulted in heavy hard core nightmares about mega sharks. I had already finished the series but, if I had known I’d be plagued with nightmares about sharks that even appear on the driveway of the house I grew up in, I would have given it a rest and maybe pick up the series some other time down the line. But, what’s done is done so I decided to start binge watching a lighter series.

“The Housewives of New York City.” Don’t judge. I spend the Holidays alone so something had to give. But, here’s the embarrassing part. I’ve already seen the entire series so opted to just go back and start over. This can be a cautionary tale cause when I find myself re-watching a series it is a sign of subtle depression. When I look back and examine the times in my life that I was depressed, I can pin point specific television series that I would watch again and again. Whether it was, “Sex and the City,” or, “Beverly Hills 90210,” those times meant bad times.

However, despite all that, I don’t think I’m depressed. I think I’m just not good with idol time, and find comfort in spending time with my Housewives.

But, going back to, “Blue Planet 2.” Why are there sharks jumping around the outside of my parents house? Where’s the water? It’s not like Netflix other series, “Sharknado,” where sharks literally fall from the sky, these sharks are sitting on the driveway ready to pounce on me. I don’t analyze my dreams but, this is very troubling. But, it kinda makes sense. I have been more or less estranged from my Mom, and I didn’t get a card or phone call on Christmas this year which internally probably made me sad but, I don’t think I am as sad as last year. I’ve made the choice to keep to myself over the Holidays so I can’t complain but still.

So, if you find yourself alone this Holiday season, I suggest you watch your shows in moderation. Whether it’s something cheesy, or a hard core documentary, take breaks. Get out of the house. Walk outside and try a new restaurant. Go to a book store and peruse the latest publications. Go grocery shopping and cook something new and different. Call an old friend and wish them a happy Holiday Season. Write an email to a family member that might also be alone or estranged. Compile a list of things you don’t want to do next year, and things that get you excited about life. The shows aren’t going anywhere. If Netflix pulls a show you can always go to Hulu and find plenty of worthy shows for your guilty pleasure. I don’t even know if, “Blue Planet 1” is still being featured on Netflix but I can tell you for sure I am not going to find myself wrapped up in a blanket in my bed in the dark watching killer whales and fish at the bottom of the sea that look like creatures from the dark side. No thanks. And I’ll also give the Housewives a break and jump onto YouTube for some Holiday entertainment. The Holidays can be bitter sweet but, you can choose how you want to spend your binge watching times and hopefully not end up with nightmares about sharks on land!

Holiday TV Binge Watchers, Beware

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.


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APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2018). Holiday TV Binge Watchers, Beware. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2018/12/26/holiday-tv-binge-watchers-beware/

 

Last updated: 26 Dec 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 Dec 2018
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