There have been an endless number of studies conducted on our collective binge-watching habits, and they’ve all revealed certain truths about how humans are adapting to the streaming era. Now Netflix itself is getting in on the fun, with the release of what the company is calling “The Binge Scale.”
The purpose of the scale is to measure which shows users binge-watch, and which ones are consumed at a more measured pace. What constitutes binge-watching may vary depending on who you ask, but according to Netflix, watching one show for just over two hours a day and finishing in an entire season in a single week qualifies as binging.
Netflix revealed that the shows being “devoured” by users include The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Orange Is the New Black, and Orphan Black. At the other end of the spectrum are political shows with more intricate narratives like House of Cards and The Good Wife.
Other shows that are being “savored” by users include Bloodline, Narcos, Mad Men, Daredevil and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. For a show to fall into the savored category, it must be viewed for approximately one hour and 45 minutes per sitting, which means there’s not much discrepancy between shows that are “devoured” and shows that are “savored.”
Whether you’re tearing through your favorite shows or just pacing yourself, one thing’s certain: We sure do spend a lot of time watching Netflix.
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