- inclined /in-KLAHYND/
- clinical /KLIN-i-kuhl/
- binge-watching /BINJ-woch-ing/
- pleasurable /PLEZH-er-uh-buhl /
- craving /KREY-ving/
[adjective] – likely or wanting to do something
She’s rather inclined to become impatient.
[adjective] – used to refer to medical work or teaching that relates to the examination and treatment of ill people
She just finished a clinical assessment in the hospital.
[noun] – the practice of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession
Binge-watching is a common practice nowadays.
[adjective] – enjoyable
The most pleasurable experience of the evening was the wonderful fireworks display.
[noun] – a strong feeling of wanting something
I have a craving for chicken.
It feels pleasant to watch a show episode after episode, but why is that? According to clinical psychologist Dr. Renee Carr, Psy.D., it’s because of the chemicals that are released in our brains. Your brain releases dopamine while you’re doing something enjoyable, like binge-watching television. This molecule provides the body with a pleasurable internal reward that encourages the continuation of that action. Signals from the brain are what the body uses to communicate. This is satisfying. You ought to continue doing this! Your brain continuously produces dopamine while you binge-watch your favorite show, giving your body a high akin to that of a drug. You develop dopamine cravings, which leads to a pseudo-addiction to the show. The process that takes place when we become addicted to something is the same one that happens when we binge-watch.
All experiences—whether they be ones we have in real life, on television, in a book, or in our imagination—are stored in our brains as true memories. Therefore, the same brain regions that are active during a live event are also active during TV viewing. We become caught in plots, develop relationships with characters, and genuinely care about how situations turn out.
- Do you like binge-watching? Why or why not?
- What TV shows/series/movies do you watch nowadays? Could you tell me about them?
- If you were a character in a movie or series, who would you like to be? Why?
- Do you agree that it feels pleasant to watch a show episode after episode?
- What do you think are the benefits of binge-watching? Please elaborate on your answers.