There was a time when binging was considered a bad thing–and in certain circles it still is, but with the over availability of digital content, whether that content is a book, movie, or television show, binging has taken on a whole new connotation. I’m one of the many people that like to over dose on a certain thing and I think that on some level some things are meant to be viewed in this way. One of the shows that I was a huge fan of was True Blood, but I couldn’t watch it as it aired. Instead, I would wait until the season was over and watch it all at once. In a world where spoilers are overabundant, that was not an easy thing to do. In a way, I feel the same about Once Upon A Time, but I have managed to keep up with it on a week to week basis. I’ve recently done this with the 5th season of White Collar. I wouldn’t be surprised if I stop watching once I get to the end, even though the 6th season started last week and will be building up until the end of the series.
I’m the same when it comes to movies. A few weeks ago, I found all four Lethal Weapon movies on demand. As soon as I started the first, I needed to watch the others. It is harder to do with the Harry Potter movies, but I do it with them too.
When it comes to books, I have the tendency to re-read series from the start, which is harder to do with some than with others–J.D. Robb, anyone? Right now, I’m on the last book of the Ivy League series by Diana Peterfreund, the last two of which I’ve read twice before. That’s the thing with binging. I don’t need to start at the very beginning, but once I have begun, I have to finish it out to its conclusion. Once I’m done, I’m not sure what I’m going to read or even if I’ll want to read anything. A lot of times when I go through a period of binging I can’t bring myself to read anything for a while. I’ve actually gone months without reading after one of these binges. It is as if I burn myself out. I already feel it coming on as I’m losing interest in the book I’m reading, although I look forward to getting back into it whenever I’ve put it away for any period of time.
Another part of it is that I get so excited to get to certain parts of things (no matter what form of entertainment it is) that once I’ve reached that part I don’t want to go any further. For instance, when I re-watch Chuck, as soon as I’ve seen Chuck vs. The Other Guy I don’t need to watch any more of the series, although I will jump to other episodes that I really like (i.e. Chuck vs. The Subway/Chuck vs. The Ring Part II and Chuck vs. the Coup d’etat).
Am I normal? Is this what we’ve come to? At times, I wonder what older generations would think of how we spend our time. Would they think we’re pathetic or would they wish they were able to do the same things?