Because who needs sunshine, anyway?
1) You can go HOURS without moving
It’s a talent. Most normal people would watch one episode, maybe two, and then go and make a cup of tea or hug their mum or walk around the park for a bit. But not you. You’re a trooper.
2) You secretly hope people will cancel on you so you can stay home and catch up on your new addiction
“Oh, no! You’re sick? That’s such a shame. I was really looking forward to meeting up. Yeah, I was all ready to head on out until I saw your text”.
TRANSLATION: “AHA! I feel bad that you’re ill and wish you a speedy recovery but actually I was in my pyjamas when you texted and have just got to a really good part in season 3 of Pretty Little Liars, which I have been watching 24 hours a day since last Thursday. So in all honesty your flu has come at a very convenient time for me.”
3) You’re very big on ‘loungewear’
Dresses? JEANS?! Why bother wearing uncomfortable clothes when you’ve got jogging bottoms and baggy t-shirts and leggings-that-haven’t-been-washed-in-weeks in abundance? Every binge-watcher knows that the correct attire is vital.
4) Discovering a new programme with six or more seasons under its belt is quite possibly the most exciting thing in the world
Maybe you knew about it but never got around to watching. Maybe you’ve never even heard of it until today. Either way, when you finally get into it, fall in love AND realise you have enough catch-up episodes to keep you going until June 2035, you’re over the moon.
5) A new season has to mean a newly-cleared schedule
Even more so since the wonderful people at Netflix started releasing ENTIRE SEASONS IN ONE GO. *books a week off work and starts to think of excuses not to socialise*
6) You get weirdly upset when shows finish
*sniffs* Goodbye, Mad Men. Au revoir, Gossip Girl. Until next year, PLL.
It’s tough when your favourite shows end. You’ve watched the characters grow and develop, you’ve seen yourself in them, and you’ve quietly considered them friends you’ll never meet, like that girl from Twitter who lives really far away but has been a pleasant addition to your daily life since 2013 because of her witty 140-character tales. The end of a movie = whatever. But the end of a TV show = EMOTIONAL TURMOIL.
7) A 20-minute-long show is never enough
GIRLS is amazing, but you know what’d make it even more amazing? IF IT LASTED 40 MINUTES OR MORE. Binge-watchers love lengthy TV shows and would always opt for 60-min HBO extravaganzas if at all possible.
8) When people ask what your plans are that evening, you’re never sure what to say
IN YOUR HEAD: “I have 11 episodes of Jessica Jones to watch and I’m really into it and I am hoping that I won’t have to do anything else in the short time I have between getting home and going to bed.”
GIVEN ANSWER: “Oh, you know. Might see a friend. Got some stuff to catch up on at home. Work and that sort of thing. I guess I might watch some Netflix if I get around to it…”