Consuming Stories Not Our Own: On #Showholes and Character in the Age of Binge-Watching

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Susan L. Forshey


Humans enjoy stories, so it is not surprising that binge-watching shows is an enjoyable new pastime. Media marathoners breeze through entire seasons in under a week, use stories to work through issues vicariously, and often form communities around series. They can also become addicted and fall into the show hole, an experience of withdrawal only relieved by finding new series to watch. The effects of binge-watching can lead to lost time living our own stories and developing our character. This article explores binge-watching, its positive and negative effects, and offers suggestions for balancing life and watching habits.

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