On Binge Watching — Me and My Addictive Personality
I have a highly addictive personality. Once I get into something, I get really into it.
And the way it particularly works for me is that I focus on just one thing, and be into that for a very long time. It could be a video game, a boy band, a comic… In this case, it was a particular Netflix series.
As you might expect, I don’t have very much self-control when it comes to absorbing media. I can go on days without sleeping if it meant I get to see what happens next!
I actually read a tip that a way to stop yourself from watching the next one is to stop in the middle of an episode, as the end of an episode is very much crafted to bait you in wanting to find out what happens next! And let me tell you, their bait worked on me like a drug!
For the strip above (my first ever for Bunster and Hariet), the inspiration actually came from binge-watching Netflix’s The Originals, the prequel to the much loved sexy vampire series, Vampire Diaries.
Goodness, did I not sleep for 3 days on that one.
As you might expect, my all-night media marathons actually caused problems when it came to staying awake in school. I mean, come on, how can I stay awake when the wooden table was such a comforting surface for my weary head?
Back in my college days, it was more so because I was addicted to playing World of Warcraft, but let’s save that for another time.
Since I was not paying attention during class, I hardly took any notes, and just barely knew what the lessons were about. And let me tell you, this was not very helpful when it came time for graded recitation, homework, and surprise exams. Boy oh boy, were all my exams anxiety-inducing. In fact, my biggest nightmares to this day are still all exam-related. Talk about scary.
And irritatingly, I became wide awake as soon as classes ended! The end of a class really did felt like a breath of fresh air after a long, horrendous, sleep-inducing swim. It was always then that I would swear to myself that I won’t ever late again!
But you wanna know the worst part? I would surely just do it over again the next day. :)