Netflix is the M&M’s of television watching. You just can’t watch one. You begin to watch just one while you are folding laundry then it becomes one more and one more.
Like an addict you promise that you can stop when you want to and like an addict not in recovery you don’t stop. You keep watching and watching. Every episode beckons you for one more. Before you know it’s midnight and you have watched 11 episodes and there is one more to watch. But your eyes are closing.
So with a dreadful heart you leave behind the television still not knowing who did it and who the bad guy is. Part of you wants to slink back to the television because you can feel the siren call of Netflix beckoning you.
You know though if you finish season 1 that there is season 2. Is Netflix a weakness for those of us who like to complete things ? Does our OCD kick in not wanting to stop watching on an odd number episode? Is it a trap by the government to make us become idle lazy slobs who become unproductive messes? Is this science messing with our nuerons and the ability to want to read a book, go for a walk or communicate with others beyond grunts or requests for drink or snacks?
My children think this is the norm. They think it odd and strange when we speak of having 4 channels or movies on that you didn’t pick. The idea of watching a tv show week by week is too slow. They want it all now.
Netflix is not alone; Hulu, Amazon and the other applications due this evil thing to us, our children and our grandchildren. Can we break the cycle, this pattern of over stimulus and the craving for more? Or has it become to strong to fight?
Tonight I stopped. Tonight I broke the cycle. I proudly walked away.
Tomorrow I will watch season 2…the mighty media monster has a hold of me.