Turns Out Binge-Watching Television Makes You Depressed And Anxious

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My nightly post-work routine is as follows: leave work, drive to the store, buy a “meal for one,” make said “meal for one,” sit in front of my television and watch television until I get so tired that I have to lug myself to my room. And honestly, I don’t think that’s very outside the box when it comes to a lot of people my age. Sure, I could spend two of those hours at the gym getting shredded, but that’s just not me.

But now a study is saying that watching anywhere from two to five hours of television is constituted as “binge-watching,” and that binge-watching can lead to depression and anxiety. Per The New York Post:

Binge-watching TV — including popular Netflix shows like “House of Cards” or “Orange Is the New Black” — is linked to depression and anxiety, a new study claims.

Researchers polled North Americans about their “binge-watching” habits, which they defined as two to five consecutive hours of TV in one day, according to the University of Toledo study.

Roughly 35 percent of participants qualified as binge-watchers and reported higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression than non-binge-watchers.

Well, this isn’t helping the Sunday Scaries. All this time, I thought sitting in The Panic Room watching romantic comedies and falling in and out of sleep with Sportscenter on was helping ease my depression and anxiety. So yeah, this is a real swift kick in the dick if you’re in the same boat as me.

But it’s like, what the hell else am I supposed to do? Go outside? Exercise? Ride a bike? Yeah, no. All that’s going to do is make me tired and force me to sit around my house watching even more television than I already do. It’s just an endless cycle that I refuse to be a part of. So stand with me in defiance and binge-watch as much as you possibly can before they start limiting your consumption. It’s the American way.

[via New York Post]

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Writer at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram). Email me at

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