What happens to us when we watch our favorite series?
It usually starts quite innocently. We watch a series recommended by a friend or one that is trending on social media. But before we know it, we have fallen into the trap of excessive viewing, clicking episode after episode.
It has its pros and cons.
We start with the benefits.
Excessive observation gives us the feeling as if we are above the clouds.
A clinical psychologist explains that a pleasurable activity, such as oversight, causes our brain to produce dopamine, which helps to create feelings of satisfaction and reward.
This also explains why some people may end up an entire season without moving. Our cravings for dopamine push us to keep doing what our brain perceives as a pleasurable activity, making it much harder for us to turn off the screen.
It allows us to have contact with our emotions.
Have you ever felt so invested in a character when you rejoiced in their success, cried over their broken hearts, or grieved over their untimely death? Viewers dive into a story that seems real. Screenplay, acting and music all contribute to a strong emotional experience, allowing us to invest our feelings.
Helps relieve stress.
According to a clinical psychologist, our daily lives are bombarded with constant stress and a lot of information. Watching our favorite series allows the brain to relax from all the pressures and stressors around us. Temporary escape can also help us feel younger and more prepared when we return to the 'real world' to deal with our daily affairs.
Helps improve social and romantic relationships.
Watching marathons helps foster a sense of community, especially among people who attend the same show. This shared interest can be helpful when you start a conversation or share thoughts with other people. Aside from being a fun and easy way to spend time together, excessive looking can also be good for your relationship. One study found that spending time together on TV with a partner helps improve relationship quality.
Allows us to get inspiration from our on-screen models.
Excessive observation can be healthy if the characters we follow serve as role models. Remembering how a character behaved or coped with a particular crisis can also give us creative ideas for solving personal problems.
After adrenaline, comes emptiness
The feeling of emptiness that comes with every finale of the series may be the result of what a psychologist describes as ‘situation depression’. Saying goodbye to a show for which you have invested so much time can lead to a sense of loss.
May cause lack of sleep
One study found that people who watched a lot of serials experienced increased fatigue and insomnia symptoms.
Watching crime documentaries, horror scenes or hovering movies is not very conducive even to a good night’s sleep.
It can lead to serious health issues.
Sitting for long hours is not associated with anything positive.
May encourage isolation.
A psychologist warns of the dangers of over-staying on television. These people may lose touch with the real world.
May affect viewing pleasure.
Interesting is the result of a study that found that those who watch on a regular schedule experience more pleasure than those who know no time limits.
Bonus: Here are some tips on how to look fun and responsible.
Set your viewing settings.
Balance excessive looking with other activities.
Make sure you do not interfere with sleep.
Look at other people.