Netflix has changed the way we watch television. When I was younger, my parents use to recant tales of how their TV was black and white and how my grandfather would have to fiddle with the bunny ear antenna to get a signal.
When I was younger, TVs where huge boxes that took up a ton of room in your family room. Our experience began with walking up to the dial to change the channel and later on we were treated to huge remotes that were tethered to the TV with a short cord. There was only one main TV with a few channels and you were lucky if it was your turn to choose the show. It was killer when your show ended in a cliff hanger and you had to wait 7 whole days to find out what happened next.
Now a days kids have (almost) unlimited access to TV. TVs are sleek and thin, mounted to walls, taking up minimal space. They can be controlled by your remote and in some cases even your smartphone! No longer does the channels stop at 26, but now thanks to programs like Netflix, you can have access to all your favourite shows whenever you want. You can watch one episode or an entire series. The best part is you aren’t limited to your TV anymore. You can watch them anytime, anywhere on tablets, phones, and computers too! When travelling, if you have internet access, you can resume your current show by simply logging into your Netflix account. If you know you are going to be with out internet access for a period of time, you can even download a few of your favourite episodes and take your Netflix with you!!
When writing this post, I asked my oldest son to describe what it’s like to watch Netflix. Being a creative person, he created a series of photos to describe what it’s like to watch a series on Netflix.
1. Baby Phase
When you begin watching a series on Netflix, you are like a baby. Everything is new and exciting. You don’t know what to expect but continue forward intrigued by what comes next.
2. Obsession Phase
In this phase, you are probably 2 to 5 episodes into your series. It’s not uncommon to be sitting on the bus, sitting in school, making dinner, etc. and be thinking about your show . You can’t wait until the next free moment that you have to sit down and watch another episode.
3. Cheating Phase
Then you enter the cheating phase. During this phase you are probably mid series and watching it with a friend/spouse/child (aka Netflix partner in crime). Life is so busy, that you probably don’t have the same free time as your Netflix partner in crime. It may start with you watching an episode or two behind their back. Next time they want to watch the show, you will play along and re-watch those episodes. Eventually the obsession will be so great that you will end up finishing the series without them.
4. Sad Phase
This is the last phase! Over the course of the series you have fallen in love with the characters, the plot, and possibly even the place that the show takes place in. Now that your series is over, you are sad that you won’t be spending all your free time with them. Your need for more Netflix is great, but you are scared that you won’t be able to find another show that is just as great. As you begin searching through Netflix’ endless options, new shows begin appealing to you. This grieving period ends when you select a new program and begin the cycle all over again!!
This may sound dramatic, but if you have ever experienced the Netflix journey, you know some of this ring true!!
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