Binge Watching – Snuggling Up with Your Honey…Oops, We Mean Your TV

Are you a binge watcher? We used to be – but then we ran out of shows to binge on.

Used up all our faves, we did. Just like we do our lovers.

Oh, wait, we didn’t mean that. Noooo….

tvrelationshipsHow Binge-Watching is Changing TV: Viewers Date Their Shows
by Leanne Italie

Maggie Edinger, 26, is in a cozy relationship. It’s predictable and relaxing. She’s in that phase, she said, “where you start wearing sweatpants and completing each other’s sentences.”

And that’s just her relationship with “Law & Order,” plus spin-offs. She remains on the hunt for an actual boyfriend.

Edinger, who’s pursuing a business degree in New York while working in public relations, is a binge TV watcher extraordinaire. She looks at nothing but L&O, despite having dipped in and out of the franchise in real time over the years.

For some like Edinger, binging on TV shows and movies feels a whole lot like dating. While Edinger is happy and content in her crime-fighting bubble, others know they should break up but can’t imagine committing to new loves, especially those that might have too many seasons to fit into a weekend fling. I’m talking to you “Dexter” and “Breaking Bad.”

Then there’s the bitterness. Over spoilers. Or lack of, um, climax.

“I knocked off `The Sopranos’ in a weekend but c’mon, give me an ending,” laments 48-year-old Larry DeGaris in Indianapolis. “I was a late adopter and I got burned on that. I don’t have to like the ending. Just give me an ending. Wrap it up.”

Tony Soprano and family, for the record, left our world – amid mass dissatisfaction – in a diner booth with “Don’t Stop Believing” playing out as the screen abruptly went black.

“Really the analogy is sex. You want to reach a climax,” laughed DeGaris, who teaches marketing at the University of Indianapolis and is between girlfriends at the moment.

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