by Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
Let me just start off by saying that I love Netflix. Besides being the closest thing I've ever had to a serious relationship, it's just plain awesome. With so many shows, it almost validates not leaving your house all weekend--I mean, afternoon. After a long day of sleeping through my classes and pretending to work when my manager looks at me, nothing seems more appealing than curling up under some blankets and watching a couple episodes (okay, seasons) of How I Met Your Mother. However, we all reach that point where it becomes just a little too much. A good sign of this might be lying about why you can’t go out on Friday night so you can stay home and watch Portlandia with your dog. At this point, it might be time for an intervention. Now, if you have a Netflix account and you’re telling yourself this doesn’t apply to you, let me redirect you to the dictionary.com definition of denial.
Another sign you might be too involved in your Netflix relationship is when you finish a series and find yourself not knowing what to do with your life. It’s almost like there’s a void that needs to be filled and can only be satisfied by starting a new show. Here’s a helpful hint: at this time, try actual human interaction! Novel idea, I’m sure, but that leap back into the woes of human contact might just fill that void. Plus, we all know TV shows are meant to be an escape, a chance see how perfect life could be if there was someone scripting it. Yes, believe it or not, Friday Night Lights is not real life--at least not in California. I’m not sure about Texas, I’ve never been there.
Ending a series is a lot like getting out of a relationship; it’s never wise to jump right into a new one. You always need time to be single, to see what other shows are out there. Usually when you jump from one relationship to another, they tend not to last too long; you realize you needed more time for yourself, and that you were wasting a lot of time with people that weren’t good for you. Here’s the Netflix pattern: finish Gossip Girl, immediately begin watching American Horror Story, halfway through Season 2 realize you don’t even understand the show, stop, try to pretend you didn’t just waste your entire three day weekend when you could have been doing homework…or more importantly, sleeping. This Netflix pattern, similar to the serial dating pattern, doesn’t let you explore your options, and can be a dangerous trap to fall in to.
All I’m trying to say is find a balance. We all procrastinate and get sucked into TV shows, but don’t let it consume you. Maybe go for a run at night instead of going on your Netflix account. Try talking to that cute guy in your Spanish class before class starts, instead of watching Netflix on your phone. Hey, you never know, maybe you two will hit it off and then you can watch Netflix together.
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