There’s so much of everything in this saturated world. If at anytime I wanted; I could go to the nearest corner and find a food market that could provide me a very loose form of nutrition at the smallest of costs. If anything, because fast food companies make food so cheaply; I could buy ten cheeseburgers, for the price of one cheeseburger at a restaurant.
That sounds like a good deal right? I just got the bang for my buck, but there’s a difference. Quality. The ten cheeseburgers I just bought could feed me for a while, while the one quality cheeseburger lasts me only a meal. Yet, even then I still would probably gain a better nutrition count from the one quality burger than the ten fast food burgers.
But at a point where saving money plays a heavy role, you might opt in for the fast food burger rather than eating at a fancy shmancy restaurant. Then from there it builds, you might add another burger the next time, or a shake on top because it still doesn’t costs as much as that fancy shmancy restaurant burger. Then, out of no where you realize that you’ve gained 20 lbs in a matter of three months, because of this “cost effective” fallacy. Now you’re going to have to get a gym membership, but eating is way easier. There goes another human.
That’s the point I wanted to make, One quality burger is better than ten fast food cheeseburgers.
Just kidding, this isn’t about fast food burgers as much as its the concept behind it. The idea that getting more for less sometimes isn’t always the best solution. This ties in specifically to streaming. Services such as Netflix, Hulu, & Twitch all go in great lengths to keep your attention focused on them.
Each of these services lot a copious amount of entertainment all for varied fixed prices. Some services charge a cup of coffee, others charge a premium for additional features, but it’s generally uninterrupted entertainment at the tip of your fingers. Waiting to be accessed at anytime and can be watched for as long as you like.
Services such as Netflix, offer commercial free television. Where you can watch any and all to your hearts content without repercussions, so we think. This concept of unlimited watching does far more harm than good.
It creates the idea that what you’re watching, how long you’re watching does not impact your day to day. When in fact it could, and it could do more damage than What Happened to Monday did to my psyche.
(Naomi Repace played how many different roles, and still that movie only got a 6.9 on IMDB that’s not fair)
Look, I get it I remember back in the old days when I’d buy some popcorn, a couple of beers and would invite the crush I had at the time to my pad to watch some re-runs of the Office because I couldn’t make conversation and this was my go-to. I get it, but those days are over, and now streaming services; instead of them being the end all for television. They’ve become the end all for a proper living.
People would much rather spend their whole day mindlessly watching show after show after show instead of doing things with themselves. In fact it’s taken so much time off of people’s lives that its now a severe issue. People are growing an addiction to their devices and the content in the devices. So much so that who you are, is hugely dependent on what type of apps you use on your device.
Though Netflix is actively on the hunt for figuring out how to shave off a little bit of attention draining now that they’ve been caught red handed, it doesn’t help that they’re one of the biggest culprits in what we see now with the younger generation. Kids all over the world, glued to their devices, brains resembling eggs in the baking sun. Breeds a generation of watchers instead of a generation of doers. The way this world is heading, seems as though Corporations are actively doing what they can to make cattle, and they’re starting young.
Though this is true for the future generation, let’s discuss the here and now. Parents and adults, glued to their monitors wasting away as time moves forward, yet their couches only get slightly deeper. Streaming which was once seen as the holy savior of cable television comes to only be the bane to our existence.
Let’s look at it like this.
Cable/Satellite could costs from thirty a month upwards to two hundred dollars a month. There’s your fancy burger.
Streaming services costs pennies on the dollar in comparison, there’s your fast food.
The only major difference in this one could argue is the quality because streaming services do contain more quality shows/movies/podcasts etc, but the point is that the culture of unlimited anything has the potential to bleed into your life. If you can stream all the time without repercussions then you can eat all the ice cream you want and have no repercussions, hello Mint Chip.
Not true I say as I’m slowly falling into a diabetic coma after gorging my fifth scoop.
This isn’t to say that cable or satellite is better. This also isn’t a PSA about staying away from streaming services. Just don’t be fooled. Streaming services are just merely television in an evolved form. You’re watching tv no matter through what medium you choose be it a tablet, tv, or a phone.
So next time, when you’re deciding whether or not to run through two seasons of the Office on a Monday night when you have work in the morning. Consider this article and take a break from the streaming for a little bit; your brain will thank you later.
Also, if you get the chance check out this article on How Design Can Make Tech Products Less Addictive really great, thought provoking read what tech companies could improve on when thinking about their next “latest and greatest” invention.