Despite so much research saying that binge watching is unhealthy for you physically and emotionally, if done in a reckless manner (i.e., no exercise and anti-social behavior), a new study suggests that it is actually extremely healthy for your romantic relationships. The study, from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, has shown that watching TV series and sharing other media with your partner can create a special bond between the two of you by creating a feeling that of having mutual friends.
You know that super giddy feeling you get when you gossip about mutual friends to your partner? Chatting about television show characters can give you the same feeling! Who knew it was that easy to develop closeness with your mate?
“Previously, sharing a social world with a partner has been conceptualized in terms of sharing real-world social experiences,” the researchers write in an article on the study that was published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
“However, creating these experiences may not always be possible. Fortunately, humans are remarkably flexible in finding ways to fulfill their social needs…When people’s need for social connections are undermined, they turn to a variety of social surrogates that provide alternate pathways to meet this need,” which can include photos, pets, and in today’s world, TV.
Although I haven’t experienced this for myself with a romantic due to my curse of being chronically single. I’ve grown so much closer to my mother by sharing binge watching sessions. When things get stressful, we can always enjoy discussing the women of Litchfield Penitentiary in Orange is The New Black. If you and your partner don’t spend much time consuming similar media interest, now might be the time to start. In the end, it just might be the missing key to your happily ever after.
Have you experienced a feeling of closeness with your partner due to your binge watching habits?