Driving back from an appointment today, listening to news radio, I heard a piece on the dangers of TV binge watching. You know, the latest kick happening in the past couple of years of watching a whole series in one day or weekend. Sitting in front of the TV for hours at a time. The research, done by the University of Michigan, points out that binge watching is often associated with depression and can lead to obesity and heart disease similar to other bad habits including overeating.
I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and consciously watched a whole season of anything. But I do know this past snowy, cold, windy, nasty Saturday I lay on the sofa and watched several segments of “What Not to Wear” on TLC, back to back to back to…well…you know. I loved that show.
Right after the piece about the risks of binge TV watching was a very long advertisement read by one of the news anchors for Exfinity, a division of Comcast Cable. It was selling the app that would allow you to download all your favorite shows and movies so that you could watch anytime from anywhere even if you were offline. If you were traveling you could watch. If you were waiting somewhere you could watch. If you were bored with your dinner partner I guess you could watch.
Ironic. I wonder if program directors ever pay attention to what ads go where.