Addictive behavior aka formation of connections in the brain that are rewarded with pleasure center activity…
Once the researchers defined binge-watching, they set up surveys to see if people have the same response as they do to recognized bingeing disorders like binge-eating andbinge-drinking. They ask participants questions about everything from their annual income to whether they’re depressed. Since there are so many variables, that makes it hard to draw conclusions from small studies.
Still, researchers think there’s some effect.
“You get this response that’s very similar to the response from giving up food or substances,” saysChad Bingo, a marketing student at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., who helped run a binge-watching study in 2014. “The side effects aren’t there, but the feeling of needing it all the time is,” he tells Shots.