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Binge watching is America’s new favorite pastime. I mean, what could be better than plopping on the couch to watch a TV show from start to finish in the course of a day? But one study is trying to ruin the magic for everyone.
You probably already knew that binge watching all day long isn’t the best for your health since, you know, moving around is good for you or whatever. But a new study from the University of Melbourne is going so far to suggest that binge watching TV shows can actually make them less enjoyable overall. According to the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal First Monday , binge watching affects both your long-term memory and how much you like a show.
Study participants who were asked to binge watch programs experienced strong memory formation immediately after viewing, but those memories of what they watched decayed more rapidly when compared to participants who watched shows on a daily or weekly basis. So, if you want to remember what you’re watching, it’s best to give your brain some time to breathe and reflect on what you saw. Otherwise, people will ask you what you thought the new season of that super popular show and all you’ll be able to say is, “I think I liked it.”