Hello, my name is Ali and I’m addicted to Netflix.
I know, I know. I’m a late arrival to the Netflix Addicts club, but I’ve only started streaming since September 6, 2014.
I never saw the point of getting Netflix before last month because I have enough visual media to last me through 2024.
I have 500+ channels through my traditional cable provider, plus HBO, Showtime, Max, Starz and Encore. I have all the movies and TV shows I care about on DVDs. Plus, there’s so much free stuff on YouTube.
But then, Joan Rivers died in September (rest in peace). I always liked Joan Rivers – she seemed like a rad lady. I wanted to know more about her, so I read as many tributes and obituaries about her as I could. They all kept mentioning that there was this documentary about her life, and that it was brilliant.
I really wanted to see this documentary, but “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” was only available via iTunes for $12.99 or on Netflix. The first month of Netflix was free so boom, that won!
It all started out innocently enough. I watched the movie and it was so good. So I watched it again and then again. By the third time I was basically a Joan Rivers historian and I decided that perhaps it was time to watch something else.
Orange Is The New Black Takes Over
In the months leading up to me joining Netflix, well-meaning friends had told me again and again how I would love this new show that was only available on Netflix called, “Orange Is the New Black.”
“Ali, you’lll LOVEEEE this show. It’s so addicting!”
“‘Orange Is the New Black’ is like ‘Sex and the City’ in a prison. You must watch!”
“It’s so raunchy….you’d love it!”
This is what I heard over and over and over again since that damn show premiered in the summer of 2013. And yet, I resisted it. I didn’t need to watch the super entertaining and popular show about prison. I was above it. I was too cool for it.
But when I got Netflix, the promo for the show kept popping up on my screen and I thought, ‘Hm, one quick peek won’t hurt, right?’
One quick peek turned into a four hour Netflix session on a work night. I was hooked.
I watched the entire series in two weeks while I was working full-time. My schedule after work went like this: Come home, stuff face with pop tarts, watch Netflix for four hours, try to sleep for six.
It was just so, so good! When I was finished I rewatched my favorite scenes and tried to find spoilers for season three online. Then I thought, “Ok, this is enough. You need a break from Netflix. You need a real life with real people.”
Acknowledgement of a Problem
Nope. I’ve watched about five other documentaries, Lena Dunham’s independent film, “Tiny Furniture,” part of “Mad Men,” and now I am on “Gilmore Girls.” And that’s just the stuff I can remember.
I can’t stop. I think about about Netflix constantly. In fact, it’s amazing that I was able to pull myself away from it for the past hour to write this post!
Looking back, it was pretty easy to get hooked. I live in the suburbs with my parents – not exactly a lot going on out here. There’s a Buffalo Wild Wings and a movie theater, but so far I’ve found Netflix to offer more entertainment then both of them.
I don’t know how to stop and frankly, I don’t know if I want to stop. But I do know that the way I have been living is not healthy and that I need to make a change.
Is it possible to watch Netflix in small doses? Or should I just give it up for good?