Why I Love Binge Watching by Grown and Flown
It seems everything in our lives has changed. Our cars talk to us. Our phones go everywhere with us and our books and newspapers come to us on a flat electronic tablet. One thing that seemed immutable, solid and unaltered from our childhoods, was television. It could be counted upon to provide us with weekly dollops of serialized story lines that would draw us back week after week, sometimes year after year. Many of theses shows became touchstones for our generation whether it was Seinfeld or Friends, MASH or Dallas.
And then TV changed too. It wasn’t just that we could record ours shows, this was just a minor variant, but now we could watch then all at once. The technology had altered so that we could gorge ourselves on multiweek slices of viewing in a single sitting.
Binge watching was born. To those of us brought up on the weekly show it may always feel like a slightly guilty pleasure, as if we are indulging in far more than we are supposed to. For our children it will just be the way television is watched.
Here are the seven reasons why you should cast off your old viewing habits, carve out a big chunk of time, grab the afghan and enjoy an evening of Binge Watching.
ABOUT MARY DELL AND LISA: Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa Endlich Heffernan are the voices behind Grown and Flown: Parenting from the Empty Nest. Between them they have five children for a total of 93 years of parenting experience as they hurtle towards their empty nests. Mary Dell has a MBA from Harvard Business School and worked at NBC, Discovery, and Lifetime. Lisa has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and worked as a Wall Street trader before becoming an author of three books including New York Times Business Bestseller, “Goldman Sachs: The Culture of Success.” She writes for The Atlantic as well as the Huffington Post.
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