The clever people at Netflix have been working out when it is we get hooked onto a series and a binge watching addiction begins.
Whether you are reliving the Gilmore Girls, scaring the crap out of yourself with Stranger Things, or gripped by Luther, these are the 10 signs you have a Netflix series addiction and quite possibly need to attend some kind of group support.
1 You turn down all social invites
Staying in is the new going out for you. You’ve worn out the no baby sitter excuse and have moved onto the “We’re quarantined due to D&V“. If any one questions you, you start giving graphic details of kids vomiting to shut them up. Short of a personal screening of Brad Pitt’s latest offering with the man himself for company, you are not removing yourself from the sofa for anyone.
2 Your friends are showing concern about your welfare
Since you’ve gone AWOL on nights out and haven’t updated your facebook status for over a week you start to receive text messages asking if you are OK. When they turn up at your house to stage an intervention you know you’ve got it really bad.
3 You can’t talk about anything else
Every conversation starts with “Did you see…?” The person that replies yes instantly becomes your new BFF. When you become irrationally annoyed because your best friend wants to talk about her new baby instead of Luther it’s probably time to get some help.
4 You are walking round like a zombie – and it’s not because of the children
Even though you know the smalls will be up at the arse end of dawn you can’t help but squeeze one more episode in before you call it a night. Or two.
5 You wonder if watching ahead without your partner is akin to cheating on them
But you do it anyway.
Did you know you can delete your Netflix viewing history so your partner will never know…
If you would like to hide a title from your viewing history, you can do this by visiting Netflix.com/WiViewingActivity while signed in to your account. This page is accessible from the Your Account page on Netflix.com.
6 You get genuinely annoyed when you can’t get out of plans
Grandma’s 90th birthday, your best friends wedding, Don’t they know Carrie’s just been blown up.
7 You have your PJ’s at 6pm on a Friday night
No little black dress for you. It’s all about the yoga pants and hoodie combo.
8 You get a crush
You become slightly obsessed with the lead actor. You’ve googled him, IMDB’d him and wiki’d him. You know random facts about him and if you were a teenager you would totally be drawing hearts with his name and your name in them and have posters of him all over your bedroom wall.
Although the fact that Winnona Ryder still looks the same as she did 20 years ago is making me feel very old!
9You threaten to kill anyone who has spoiler knowledge
If someone even so much as hints at the ending they are dead to you. That includes unfriending them on facebook and plotting the 10 best ways to exact your revenge. All spoiler alerts must be accompanied by loud klaxons and fingers in your ears whilst you shout “LALALALALALALALA”. Close your eyes too in case you can lip read!
10 You have a period of mourning when it ends
It’s over. The series has ended, leaving a gaping whole in your life. Life as you know it will never be the same. Thus the period of mourning and heartbreak begins. Although they say the only way to get over it is to get into another!