The Netflix Effect: Teens, Binge Watching, and On-Demand Digital Media Trends
As more of the audience for television shows opts to view them via Netflix, the practice of binge watching several episodes in a row is becoming normalized quickly. As a result, networks as well as content producers and distributors are rolling out more shows for toddlers, tweens, and teens via video-on-demand, over-the-top streaming services, and mobile apps. This essay explores the debates and discourses circulating in the popular press and online concerning the impact of an on-demand media culture. With seemingly infinite viewing options, instant gratification of converged media enabling TV everywhere, and social networks of TV chatter forming a digital water cooler, new modes of televisual engagement are emerging in youth culture.