THE 10 STAGES OF TV SHOW ADDICTION | Sarah May

THE 10 STAGES OF TV SHOW ADDICTION | Sarah May


You know you’re in too deep when you’re making
a video about it. *Intro* Hi guys, it’s Sarah. Now for the last three
months, I’ve been on my Summer break for uni, which means I have had a lot of free time
on my hands. And last month I made the decision to get Netflix and I… yeah I’ve been sucked
in. Now in binge watching all of the shows I’ve never seen before, I found that there
are definitely some recognizable stages of when you’re becoming addicted to these TV
shows. Personally, I’ve become addicted to The 100. Now the first stage of TV show addiction is
of course discovering the show. Whether it be browsing through the Netflix catalogue
or being told a million times by your friends to watch it, actually starting the show is
the first step to a very deep pit of addiction. Stage two is the feelings that you feel after
watching the very first episode. These can be positive, these can be negative, or these
could be somewhere in the middle. You’ve gotta decide then and there, are you gonna keep
watching it, or are you gonna step away? Stage three is sticking with the show. The
first four or five episodes may be complete crap, but people rave about this show so much
that you just wanna keep going and see what all the fuss is about so you just stick with
it, ride it out and wait until it gets good. And stage four is where you can feel the addiction
starting to begin! And you’re just getting so into this show, you just- you just KNOW.
You just know you’re getting addicted to it. Stage five – when a lead character dies and
you know you’re in too deep because you’re feeling all of the feelings. Now you may not
realize how deep you are into the show until this something dramatic happens, and then’s
when you realize you’re- you’re in too deep. You can’t get out of it now so you move on
to stage six where it’s all you can talk about to your friends. Now if you’re lucky, you
will have a friend that’s also addicted to this series which means you will have someone
to react to when dramatic things happen, they’re probably asking you how you feel about the
characters even though they know that this character’s gonna die in like five episodes… And then you have stage seven where if you’re
not watching this show, you feel the withdrawals. For one reason or another, you can’t watch
this TV show for one or two days and you can feel it, you need to watch this show, you
need to catch up, like you know it’s a real addiction when you actually feel withdrawals.
Or is this just me? Maybe this doesn’t actually happen to other people and I’m just crazy. Stage eight is when you’re watching this TV
show every spare moment of your day. Sitting down for lunch for ten minutes? Well you’ve
got your laptop next to you watching the show. I mean it’s probably interfering with your
schooling at this point so… maybe be a little bit careful and… try to restrict how often
you watch this show I mean… I can tell you to restrict how much you watch
this show but it’s- it’s not gonna happen and we all know that it’s not gonna happen. Stage nine is the bit that everyone dreads,
and that is finishing the binge watching. You’ve finished every available season on
Netflix and then all of a sudden you have nothing to watch and your life is a little bit emptier.
If you’re really unlucky, the series would’ve already ended and then there’s no more episodes
ever of that show and you just don’t know what to do with your life… If you’re really lucky,
the current season will be airing on TV so then you can start just watching weekly. BUT, if you’re unlucky you move on to stage
ten, which is the long, long wait for new episodes to come out. Like you’ve gone from
watching ten or so episodes a day and all of a sudden you have to wait a whole year
before you even get one episode a week. That is a struggle! And then you wallow in that
bit of sadness until you start watching a new show and get addicted all over again.
And I’d like to personally thank Netflix for making this post-show depression just that
much easier to access. And those are what I think the ten stages
of TV show addiction are and that’s what I experience, if you experience something different,
let me know by leaving comments and the likes and the subscriptions if you want to. What
am I doing with my hands? Thank you so so much for watching, I appreciate
every single one of you, and I will see you in my Q&A on Sunday, that’ll be fun! Alright,
bye! *Outro*
Now as a YouTuber, I’m a lot of things, and if you were thinking that I’m a socially awkward
loser, well you’d be right! But I’m also broke. Like, I have no money…

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