Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a hater.
In fact, I think the Netflix streaming service and its competitors have completely revolutionized the way we assimilate movies and television shows. Gone are the days wherein we would have to wait an entire week for the next episode of our favorite show. Shows, mind you, that had no pause button (which certainly made the decision of whether to take a bathroom break during a commercial even more excruciating) or at the very least gave you that stinking feeling that if you did indeed miss that particular episode–you’d never ever get to see it again (An obstacle that was addressed with the advent of VCD’s, DVD’s, Blu-Ray’s, and digital downloads).
But its 2019 and those were the concerns of a different generation. Today, streaming services have obliterated any possibility of learning delayed gratification though this medium as entire seasons are now gift wrapped for their consumers to unpack–anytime or anywhere. In fact, the only questions left to answer are: a) Is the movie/show that you are interested in available in your steaming service, and b) are you going to binge watch that particular movie/series today.
With literally thousands of movies and television shows at your fingertips (well, most of them at least–depending on your region), what are you going to watch next?
The Opposite Effect
Or in my case, the opposite effect, what movie/show will be able to keep me interested in it long enough before I decide to push that little X bottom on the upper right hand side of the screen?
Believe me…it’s happened quite a few times already and I am curious, has this happened to you too?
Have you started to grow impatient? Specifically, are you less likely to give new shows a chance knowing full well that there are many more that you can swipe through or click on?
Patience is still there…
Lastly, I’ve also noticed that my patience seems longer for movies that I end up catching in theatres or with movies/shows that I purchased on other platforms like DVD, Blu-Ray, or via Apple digital download.