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Binge Watching TV Shows Could Actually Be Good For You

Binge Watching TV Shows Could Actually Be Good For You

You finally have a reason to get into your comfiest clothes, put your feet up and relax into hours upon hours of TV show binging.

The practice has been criticised in the past for causing loneliness, laziness, obesity and depression.

There have also been several reports of people feeling anxious or sad once their favourite show has finished.

A recent US survey found that the average American spends nearly three hours watching television per day, and makes up half of their leisure activity.

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But as online streaming companies release shows in bulk, attitudes towards binge watching have changed with 73 percent of people surveyed by Netflix saying it was now socially acceptable.

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While it has copped some flak over the years, some experts now claim to have found a positive side.

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New York Times writer and media theorist, Steven Johnson, claims that watching so many shows may even make you smarter.

In one essay, he writes that following the complex narratives and multiple storylines seen in modern shows could actually provide 'cognitive benefits'.

Professor Elizabeth Cohen, from West Virginia University, told the Conversation that the negative connotations come from the words we use to describe this type of viewing.

"Just think about the pejorative term 'binge', which conjures images of excess and abuse," Professor Cohen says.

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"Contrast this with 'marathon viewing', which connotes accomplishment, and has traditionally been used to describe the experience of consuming multiple instalments of film - not TV series - in rapid succession."

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She also argues against the theory that watching episode after episode can be bad for your mental health.

She says: "In truth, it's just as likely that people who are depressed or lonely due to unrelated life circumstances (say, unemployment or a break-up) simply choose to spend their time binge watching.

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"There's no evidence to suggest that binge watching actually makes people depressed or lonely."

Now if you're trying to decide which show to watch next, only to find that Netflix doesn't have it then rest assured, we have you covered.

You can apparently enter some codes which will unlock some extra titles.

Depending on your location, and IP address, you'll be limited to a certain amount of genres, meaning you're missing out on the best picks from Asian Action Movies, Faith & Spirituality Movies and Spanish Movies.

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But fear not. If that's what you are looking for, the codes are here for you.

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Uproxx reported that in order to activate the codes you have to edit a URL that looks like this: www.netflix.com/browse/genre/.

After the final slash, you simply enter the code to the genre you wish you unlock.

Here are some of the ones you might want to try:

  • Action & Adventure: 1365
  • Action Comedies: 4304
  • Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568
  • Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
  • Biographical Documentaries: 3652
  • Biographical Dramas: 3179
  • Boxing Movies: 12443
  • British Movies: 10757
  • British TV Shows: 52117
  • Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
  • Classic Comedies: 31694
  • Classic Dramas: 29809
  • Classic Thrillers: 46588
  • Classic TV Shows: 46553
  • Classic War Movies: 48744
  • Classic Westerns: 47465
  • Comedies: 6548
  • Crime Documentaries: 9875
  • Cult Comedies: 9434
  • Cult Horror Movies: 10944
  • Cult Movies: 7627
  • Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 4734
  • Cult TV Shows: 74652
  • Dark Comedies: 869
  • Documentaries: 6839
  • Epics: 52858
  • Experimental Movies: 11079
  • Football Movies: 12803
  • Gangster Movies: 31851
  • Horror Comedy: 89585
  • Horror Movies: 8711
  • Independent Action & Adventure: 11804
  • Independent Comedies: 4195
  • Independent Dramas: 384
  • Independent Movies: 7077
  • Independent Thrillers: 3269
  • Late Night Comedies: 1402
  • Martial Arts Movies: 8985
  • Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling: 6695
  • Military Action & Adventure: 2125
  • Military Documentaries: 4006
  • Military Dramas: 11
  • Military TV Shows: 25804
  • Music & Concert Documentaries: 90361
  • Music: 1701
  • Political Comedies: 2700
  • Political Documentaries: 7018
  • Political Dramas: 6616
  • Political Thrillers: 10504
  • Psychological Thrillers: 5505
  • Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1492
  • Sci-Fi Adventure: 6926
  • Sci-Fi Dramas: 3916
  • Sci-Fi Horror Movies: 1694
  • Sci-Fi Thrillers: 11014
  • Sports Comedies: 5286
  • Sports Documentaries: 180
  • Sports Dramas: 7243
  • Sports Movies: 4370
  • Spy Action & Adventure: 10702
  • Spy Thrillers: 9147

For the full list you can go here to find it and look forward to all the Asian Anime Spiritual Horror flicks you can feast your eyes on.

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Topics: Netflix

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.