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Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression?
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David Wagner
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1/30/2015 | 2:30:49 PM
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@TerryB- I thought it meant either you were a fan or you had a gambling addiction. :)
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1/30/2015 | 4:18:05 PM
Re: Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression
@zerox203- Thank you. Sometimes i wonder if my job is just an excuse to watch youtube. :)

I think you're right. People who are depressed sit around. Sometimes with the TV on. I suppose if it helps someone get help, I'm all for it. But it seems to be a reach to say the binge watching itself, as opposed to the sitting is a sign of depression.
Thomas Claburn
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1/30/2015 | 5:23:41 PM
Re: Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression
I bet Internet usage correlated with depression too. And now that I think about it, this whole thread is getting me down.
David Wagner
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1/30/2015 | 5:38:32 PM
Re: Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression
@Tom- Yup, and probably reading, listening to music, etc.
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1/31/2015 | 10:01:13 PM
Re: Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression
@vnewman2: I am an only child too, though my parents were very strict about what times I was allowed to watch TV when I was a kid. So, for me, binge watching is probably a form of deep-seated rebellion against my parents. in that case, you'd think I'd binge on Game of Thrones, but my favorite recent bings show has been reruns of NYPD Blue (which is just fantastic to watch back-to-back and without commercials). The only other binge viewing I've done has been to catch up on shows I was late to the party on, like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Perhaps Dr. Dave can diagnose me...

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Kelly22
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2/2/2015 | 6:29:25 PM
Re: Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression
All true... I've heard binge-watching TV associated with depression a couple of times, but nobody ever says sitting around and reading for a few hours is a bad thing.
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2/3/2015 | 9:41:25 AM
Re: Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression
Interesting that you have such different perspectives! I'm one of three kids and we didn't watch much TV unless the weather was bad or it was a lazy weekend morning. Now I don't even have a TV; my roommate and I opted for an Internet-only subscription. I'll watch Netflix occasionally but usually prefer music as background noise when I'm cleaning or doing other chores. Can't say I miss it much.
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2/3/2015 | 5:27:40 PM
Re: Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression
@vnewman2- I probably watch too much TV. And I do sit and watch some. It is usually a family thing. I like to get my kids together to watch Mythbusters or something. And there is football on Sundays. So it does happen. And apperently with some people they sit there and watch stuff for like 20 episodes at a time. :)
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2/3/2015 | 5:29:29 PM
Re: Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression
@Kelly22- When I was a kid we listened to our music while watching TV. It was called MTV. Those were the days. :)
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2/3/2015 | 5:32:27 PM
Re: Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression
Hah, I do remember a time when MTV actually showed music videos... though you'd never guess it now!


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