When people think about an “addict” they usually associate that word with drugs – pills, heroin, meth, alcohol, etc. Most people wouldn’t think of social media or even Netflix as an addiction inducing activity, but what if I told you it is.

What if I told you that you’d be much farther in life, have more goals accomplished, have more money in your bank account, have a healthier relationship if you didn’t spend so much time binge watching shows or movies on Netflix.

When you look at the statistics, there was about 139 million subscribers to Netflix as of January and the average Netflix user is on the platform for 71 minutes a day, this doesn’t really seem so bad. That’s basically a little more than an hour a day. Ironically, a set of statistics that was released a year prior put Netflix at 117 million subscribers with an average user time of 71 minutes. Ironic don’t you think?

In reality, that average user time is deceiving. You and me both know, even without looking at stats, the average person who uses Netflix is on the platform for longer than an hour for sure. According to NBC News most users binge watch Netflix for hours at a time.

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As for the amount of binge watching we’re doing, a Netflix survey found that 61 percent of users regularly watch between 2-6 episodes of a show in one sitting. A more recent study found that most Netflix members choose to binge-watch their way through a series versus taking their time — finishing an entire season in one week, on average (shows that fall in the Sci-Fi, horror and thriller categories are the most likely to be binged).

In other words, more than half of the people who watch Netflix are on the platform for about 1- 4 hours, the amount of time it takes to watch 2 – 6 episodes.

I’m giving everyone the benefit of the doubt and assuming we all have personal goals and ambitions. Things we want to do in life. Well those things take time, effort and attention. Considering the average American is one paycheck away from starving and becoming homeless it would seem logical that our focus should be on self-development as opposed to ‘Netflix & Chill’. This is not the case.

Day after day, most of us bypass life’s responsibilities and opportunities to sit somewhere and watch television, especially Netflix for hours upon hours. It’s become a part of everyday life. Most people probably can’t even start eating dinner until a movie or show is selected for the night.

Most people have become a slave to Netflix. Think about it. If you be honest with yourself, you might recognize you give more undivided and intimate attention to your TV than you do your significant other sitting right next to you. It’s not just your partner that’s being neglected, but your health and wealth as well.

Netflix is the new crack cocaine, destroying families and dreams one show (or hit) at a time. Can you kick the dope? Or will you forever be a brain-drained couch potato wasting your life away, feigning like a ravenous junkie for the ‘next episode’….