At Last! The Reason We Binge-Watch Breaking Bad (And Gossip Girl And The Hills)

14/08/2014 16:41 | Updated 20 May 2015

If you've ever watched more than one episode of Gossip Girl, The Hills or any super-addictive TV show in one sitting, don't feel too guilty. You're not the only one.

Mashable's recent report on binge-watching television confirms that 61% of Netflix users watch at least two or three episodes of a TV show in a row. The majority of people who start watching Breaking Bad will finish the whole series in a day.

Wow. That's dedication.

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So why are we so glued to our TV screens? Mashable discusses the findings of cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken who went into the homes of television viewers.

"Bingeing was a welcome refuge from their busy lives, and nearly eight in ten people said binge-watching a TV show made it more enjoyable than watching single episodes," reports the site.

However - TV shows also lure us in because of the effect they have on our brains. Research conducted by a psychologist at Princeton University found TV and film has a way of "controlling" the mind which will keep the audience totally engaged.

Apparently it impacts on our will power too. Sometimes one episode of Game of Thrones just isn't enough.

Are you a binge-watcher? Find out more here.



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