Overcoming my Netflix Obsession

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    Posted on Thursday, Mar 02, 2017

    Netflix can be like Taylor Swift: a nightmare dressed like a daydream.

    Let’s just admit it: we’re obsessed with Netflix. If you’re like me, you use Netflix to unwind, relax, and fill in empty gaps of time throughout your day. However, if you’re also like me, you have a habit of putting Netflix high on your priority list. This isn’t a bad thing, but it can become one very easily.

    Last semester I as OBSESSED with Bones on Netflix. After class I would come home and watch 5 episodes (45 minutes each), before I even thought about my homework. I’m no math major, but that’s a lot of time. Judge me all you want, but we’ve all been guilty of binge watching! I convinced myself that I was just relaxing and resting my mind, but I was just making excuses. For us college students especially, Netflix can be like Taylor Swift: “a nightmare dressed like a daydream,” (Swift, Blank Space) because it’s a great thing but too much can be detrimental.

    After coming off an episode binge, I always felt yucky, like I’ve done nothing with my life and have wasted a whole day. Oddly enough, I felt more tired than when I started. This led me to give minimum effort on my homework and studying. Netflix ultimately caused the demise of my grades.

    I would get so frustrated because I was stressed all the time. There just weren’t enough hours in the day to do everything! Well, turns out that was because I was spending so much of it on something I thought was helpful, but it was actually hurting me.

    Your obsession may or may not be Netflix, but we all have something that we turn to for relaxation and procrastination. So here’s my New Semester resolution: lower Netflix’s control over my life! Does this mean cutting Netflix out cold turkey? No, it means that I’ll finish my work and treat myself with an episode or two. These obsessions aren’t bad, they just need to be limited.

    Do you have an obsession in your life? Has a relaxation habit become a crutch? When reflecting on your use of time, ask yourself these questions:

    • What would my life look like without this?
    • Is it negatively affecting any area of my life?
    • Can I live without it?






    If you decide to cut out your distracting obsession, here are some tips on what to do next:
    • If it’s Netflix, finish whatever you’re watching and don’t start another episode or series; hold that as your motivation.
    • Get outside! Whether it’s Lake Bryan, Research Park on west campus, Central Park off of 6, or Lick Creek Park off of Rock Prairie, the great outdoors are good for the soul.
    • Join an organization that interests you! Here’s a link to help you find the perfect group https://stuactonline.tamu.edu/app/organization
    by Kendall Janke, College of Liberal Arts
    Photo attribution: https://www.pinterest.com/heathrowrhodes/im-single-i-know-it/