Science Says Netflix Might Be Making You Depressed

Whether you’re hooked on Making A Murderer or just tune in to watch your favourite throwback films, it’s rare to find a life that Netflix hasn’t touched these days.

The Internet sensation has come a long way from its days sending DVDs out in the post – now it’s an on-demand service that changed our nights in for good.

However, our love for the TV and film streaming service could be doing us way more harm than good, and we’ve got science to back it up…

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A new study, carried out by The University of Toledo (your guess is as good as ours on that one), claims that binge-watching TV can negatively impact your health and watching two to five consecutive hours of TV in one day could lead to high stress levels. Yikes!

The crack team behind the study surveyed 406 Americans and found that 35% of those who described themselves as ‘TV-show bingers’ were more likely to report higher stress levels, anxiety issues and even full-blown depression.


Now, before you toss your TV out the window of your fifth floor flat, it’s worth noting that Netflix is not the cause of depression – it, at best, only magnifies the state of depression that a person is already in. However, it’s worth baring in mind that even if you don’t suffer from depression, anxiety, stress or all of the above, sitting on your sofa guzzling on TV shows and films every night probably isn’t the way to go either… Everything in moderation, people. M-o-d-e-r-a-t-i-o-n.