Streaming TV series. Why do we do it (and how much do we do it?)
The spread on the network of sites that provide links to Tv series streaming is now capillary. Besides as the phenomenon itself.
Without falling into a sterile controversy, it is quite intuitive to recognize that in addition to the development of new forms of entertainment it can also develop deviations in a pathological way. (In a previous article we talked about binge watching).
But beyond behavioral addictions, streaming TV series is widespread, especially in some age groups.
Why? Maybe simply because we can, or because series keep company, they create opportunity to talk about them with friends and acquaintances. Socialization opportunities.
Because they “get”, as they say in slang. They get straight to our emotions.
A different way to read?
Likewise we have witnessed the digitization of the paper book, through the ebooks, we could say that the stories today are more and more often enjoyed in the form of series, or movies.
Nothing wrong with this, as it does not exclude that there are times when you want to take a beautiful book (or maybe an e-reader) and dive yourself in a classically known reading.
The differences between the two forms of entertainment exist, of course.
Reading a book, everyone of us creates an image of the story told, of the places described, which is virtually different for each one.
And this is an extremely fascinating fact. It reflects a higher degree of brain stimulation related to reading.
Watching a TV show limits a part of this experience, because we can see the settings, the faces of the characters, and hear their voices.
The actors create them for us.
Nevertheless, many other superior functions are active during streaming. Especially those related to the development of emotions, empathy and the reflection of the other.
We easily identify ourselves in one or more characters, we develop mixed feelings and opinions towards some of them, we hate others. Let’s face it: to whom has never happened to dream the characters of his favorite series? Who, among the most hardened streamers, never thought: “I would have acted differently in that situation.”
Like literature, TV series are also chock-full of psychology. They stimulate reflections and in some cases can sustain a difficult time. Help in processing our contents, which we recognize in the lives of the characters.
They provide new reading keys.
How much does the time factor count?
Of course, follow the series takes time. Of course, we could dedicate it to something else. Maybe be more in the open air. Sleep more (it seems that the moment when people watch more series is the late evening, until trespassing late night).
But as long as social life is not affected and we manage to work, to study, to have relationships with real people.
In short, as long as our life flows in a window of regular “operation”, there is no harm in looking at even 2 or 3 episodes of a series from time to time, or even every evening.
Would you like to know how long exactly you spent watching TV series?
There is a site (maybe even more than one) that is able to calculate exactly the number of hours you’ve spent nailed to the TV screen. More often than your PC.
It is called http://tiii.me/
But there is a fault in the calculation system: it is not possible to insert duplicates.
Yes, I speak to you, that become so fond of a series that at a distance of time you rewatch it, entirely. Even more than twice.
Little self-disclosure: My total amount, for the time being, is 125 days, 18 hours and 34 minutes. But considering a lot of duplications… Well maybe it’s better to remain in the dark!