Netflix is a force to be reckoned with. It dictates what shows you watch. It affects your love life. It takes up more time daily, on average, than you spend on exercise, education, and sex combined. Quite literally, it's taking over the world.
Truly, the best way to sum up The Netflix Effect on our lives is the simple fact that "watch Netflix" has become a stand-in for "watch streamed TV" and even "watch TV." We don't flip on a TV to scroll through channels until we find something good anymore. We open our laptops and go to Netflix.com, or we turn on our smart TVs, Apple TVs, Amazon Fire TV Sticks, Rokus, Xboxes, PS4s, and open the Netflix app.
Netflix isn't satisfied with becoming your preferred new "channel," though. It wants to become everything TV used to mean altogether, and much, much more. Netflix is teaming up with creative teams worldwide so quickly and successfully that it's been a big reason why "traditional" TV has ramped up its own production and led to "peak TV." The company is also starting to kindly suggest what kind of physical TV set you should buy — you know, if you want your Netflix experience to be the very best.
Frankly, this impending monopoly on our entertainment might be unnerving if Netflix's products weren't so thoroughly engaging and well-made. When you essentially invent a new style of consuming TV — the binge-watch — and then people promptly take that activity to extremes that are in no way healthy, you're clearly providing a service that the people want, and at this point, need.
With that in mind, it's interesting to take a step back and understand just how each of our individual Netflix behaviors add up. That's why we've put together a handy little infographic to brightly and loudly inform you that your Netflix binge proclivities are shockingly huge, but also ... normal.