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Why Are You Addicted to Netflix?

Audrey Tumbarello, Journalist

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People finish an episode of a really good show and they tell themselves, “only one more episode, I have stuff to do,” but constantly they find themselves hours later still watching the same show. The question is why can’t they stop pressing the start button.
The first reason people cannot stop watching Netflix is because cliffhangers give the watcher stress. That is why all shows end in a catchy ending. The stress of not knowing what is coming next makes the body stressed and people release CRH, a hormone that is a factor of other stress hormones. This hormone causes people to not be so tired at night and allows for the body to keep pushing through more episodes.
The next reason Netflix is so addicting is because it is a checklist activity. Many people end a show and think it is an accomplishment. When they move to a next show after finishing the previous one it triggers a neurochemical cascade of serotonin(satiety) and dopamine(pleasure). By watching show after show and show people constantly fill the hopes of the Netflix makers.
Netflix constantly is a must to do in people’s lives, but they lose so much precious time. On average Netflix users watch more than two million hours of television every month. The human brain best comprehends information when it receives, processes, and remembers in small sections. That is why it keeps customers coming back.
Overall people especially the younger millennials cannot stop watching Netflix because the shows always end in cliffhangers, it has become an act of check listing, and the shows are put in small sections, so then the customer won’t get tired and bored. Netflix has many shows that are very popular and talked about a lot especially in public. What does the future have in store for Netflix?

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Why Are You Addicted to Netflix?