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The all-you-can consume nature of subscription-based streaming services like Netflix makes it all too easy and convenient to sit back, relax, and spend an entire evening (or weekend) watching movies and TV shows. If you've never participated in "binge watching" behavior, you're in the minority, at least according to a recent survey conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netflix.
The survey focused on nearly 1,500 U.S. adult streamers who stream TV shows at least once a week. What the survey discovered is that binge-watching is not only common, but a regular behavior of 61 percent of streamers.
"Our viewing data shows that the majority of streamers would actually prefer to have a whole season of a show available to watch at their own pace," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix. "Netflix has pioneered audience choice in programming and has helped free consumers from the limitations of linear television. Our own original series are created for multi-episodic viewing, lining up the content with new norms of viewer control for the first time."
There are different perceptions of what qualifies as binge watching. Some 73 percent of survey respondants viewed binge watching as viewing between 2-6 episodes of the same TV show in one sitting, rather than sitting around all weekend glued to the TV.
Do you consider yourself a binge watcher?