Binge-watching TV series is good for you, research reveals

Once we've finished home-schooling and the pile of ironing that has been growing by the day, we've been relying on Netflix to keep us entertained in the evenings. Sometimes we feel awfully guilty for doing nothing but watching episode after episode of Normal People, but it turns out it's actually pretty good for us.

According to researchers, binge-watching a series for a couple of hours isn’t as bad as we thought.  Neuroscientist Vanessa Hill spoke to Harper's Bazaar about the benefits of sitting in front of the TV for a couple of hours.

"We all need some rest and relaxation from time to time and it's super important we acknowledge that – it's actually beneficial for our mental health to be inactive for a couple of hours a week.

"Watching movies and television can have some really surprising benefits. Yes, at face-value, they are entertaining, but they also have significant psychological and physiological benefits and we should take advantage of them.

"It allows us to switch our brain off from pressures, better equipping us to deal with our daily stressors when we return to daily life," she explained.

So, the next time someone tries to make you feel guilty for watching ten episodes of Gilmore Girls in a row or for doing nothing but watching Too Hot To Handle all day, remember it’s actually good for your wellbeing.

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