3 Reasons Why I Quit Netflix For Good (and You Should Too)

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I’m no different than anyone else, I love a good story.

But I’ve never been interested in reading for entertainment. I read all day, every day as part of my work and personal studies. When I’m looking to unwind at the end of a long day, the last thing I want to do is read.

But, tell that same story through film and I’ll be hooked.

So, when Netflix came along and offered unlimited streaming of all kinds of movie goodness for a small monthly fee, how could I say no? I signed up right away.

And this was before Netflix even started to get into original programming. They simply licensed other movies and TV shows and distributed them to the masses.

 

We live in what is considered to be the Golden Age of television. There have never been more high quality shows on TV. The storytelling and production value found in most shows today would have been Best Picture nominations decades ago.

Companies like Netflix have played a big part in that.

And yet, I’ve slowly been weaning myself off of my favorite streaming services, culminating in the cancellation of my Netflix account a couple of months ago.

Here’s why I did it, and why I have zero regrets.

Netflix directly opposes everything I want to accomplish

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In the old days of television, watching a TV show was a slow burn. The studio released a new episode each week, and you had to sit down at the exact time it was broadcast to watch it.

When Netflix started creating their own TV shows, they decided to do it differently. They would release the entire season at once. The length of these seasons ranged anywhere from 8 to 20 hours of content.

And, just like that, the habit of “binge-watching” was born.

The interesting thing is, this term is largely considered humorous by pop culture.

What’s the actual definition of “binge” anyway?

“To indulge in an activity, especially eating, to excess.”

Excess. As in more than is needed, or even healthy.

The word “binge” has always been used in a negative context, and rightly so. If someone regularly binges on food or alcohol, people don’t treat it as a joke, they get that person help. It’s a sign of addiction and illness.

So why do we treat binge-watching differently? Is it any less harmful?

Watching too much TV has already been well documented to be bad for your physical AND mental health.

Yet here we are, making light of it and even encouraging it with stupid things like candles that burn different scents as you “burn” through episode after episode.

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Sounds healthy.

Netflix is addictive, plain and simple. I often found myself watching Netflix simply because it was just there. Sometimes, after watching an entire season of a show I heard good things about, I’d think to myself: “Meh, that was OK I guess”.

“OK”? I had just devoted 13 hours of my life to “OK”?

And as soon as you’re done one show, Netflix so helpfully suggests dozens of others to waste your life on.

No more. Can’t do it. Time is our most valuable resource, and I’m certainly not going to continue to waste it on “meh”.

Netflix is full of depressing filth

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As our world becomes ever more desensitized to violence, sex, and language, entertainment only gets more extreme. The “boundaries” continue to be pushed further.

Just take a look at the most popular shows on TV, and see if you can find a common thread.

And the shows that don’t necessarily have explicit content still manage to be about darker themes. Everyone wants to be DARK. Disturbing, shocking, grotesque, downright depressing.

People choose to believe that these types of entertainment have no negative effects on us, or our children. The evidence shows otherwise.

Browse through Netflix’s original content, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything that doesn’t have a Mature rating.

And even the PG and PG13 content often has “edgy” material.

Recently, Netflix made the decision to allow hardcore pornography on their platform. (there’s plenty of news about this out there, but I won’t link to it)

That was the final straw for me.

You are what you eat, and that includes what your mind ingests. Try removing this type of content from your life and see the difference it makes.

Removing Netflix from your life improves your conversations

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You don’t realize how much your conversation with others relies on general pop culture until you are no longer absorbed in said pop culture.

Put simply, we make a lot of small talk.

I’m not writing off all of pop culture, of course. I enjoy a lot of it as much as anyone else, that’s why it’s called popular culture. I’m a big sports fan, arguably the biggest category of pop culture. (sometimes to an unhealthy degree)

But, how often do we dare to have conversations outside of it?

We rely on pop culture to fuel our conversations because we know that’s the easiest way to find common ground with another person.

But how meaningful is it?

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Can you remember the last time you talked to someone about Making a Murderer? or Stranger Things? or Luke Cage? I guarantee that you did at some point, but it’s long gone from your memory. Because it’s ultimately just filler.

By removing Netflix from my life, I’ve eliminated a healthy portion of my pop culture diet. It forces me to come up with other (hopefully more meaningful) things to talk about with others.

Maybe…just…one…movie…

I’ll admit that it’s not always easy. When I hear others talking about the latest hit Netflix show, the part of me that craves beautifully made television stories starts to bubble to the surface.

But then I just find other, more up-building things to fill that time with. I have more time to write, for example. And the more I hone my craft, the more I enjoy it.

And I can honestly say that cancelling Netflix, and quitting TV in general, was the single biggest thing that transformed my web design business. Not even exaggerating.

If you watch a lot of Netflix, like I did, I encourage you to try removing it from your life for just 30 days. If you don’t feel like it’s made a positive impact on your life, you can always jump back on the binge-watching bandwagon.

Because that thing clearly ain’t slowing down anytime soon.

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69 Responses

  1. I too quit them after 15 years and I don’t miss them at all. In fact I began to hate them, constantly changing content and then closing down many DVD shipping centers. I like DVD’s and then they reduced the number you have … buh bye!

  2. Not only is the binge factor a problem, but they had to start getting into politics. I don’t understand the benefit for them. Corporations should stay out of politics. I just cancelled both Netflix accounts because they said they would not film in Georgia because of the states new restrictions on late term abortion. I wonder how many thousands of customers they lost that day.

  3. I cancel netflix it was getting to dark for my heart mind and soul and too much sex and violence.people need to just stand up and ban / protest netflix . it Trash for America.
    If you want to watch something pure. just make sure it is pure.
    Do you see a increase of OBESITY IN AMERICA and more mental issues.just look at what trash they are watching.
    the old saying is you are what you eat. it also apply to what you watch as well. everything we watch goes to our minds, hearts and souls.
    I like the good ole days when you just said Hi and not living your life on social media. times have changed for the worst and people are becoming really stupid and lazy in today’s world.

  4. i´m from brasil, and started using their services before they realy came to here. the shows where great at that time, the old tv ones and the ones they made, like marco polo, but right now the quality dropped, they are pushing an gay and political agenda, and i just cant find the good shows anymore. thank god for the kindle and calibre! i´m going to cancel it this month.

  5. Prior to Netflix changeing from $4 monthly fee to $12 subscription. I began to have problems with watching movies. I spent a whole day with Netflix tech support who said the problem was with my TV. After an hour of updates and configuring my TV. I still had problems with Netflix tech support. Now it was my internet that was the culprit. Another hour with centurylink tech support I noticed a trend. The next time I spoke with Netflix support I asked for a 3rd level technician. Which both the Internet and TV support suggested I ask. Netflix stated it’s on your end and politely said they could not find anything wrong with there speed and signal strength. I’ve been a technician for 20 years in the USAF Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory. After retirement I’ve been involve with 20 years in the same field as a civilian. I canceled Netflix and got Fire Stick where I noticed Netflix was offering a app for $12 something a month. I now realize what they were after that Saturday I spent trouble shooting their poor signal and speed. I will never use Netflix again for the simple fact that I waisted a day chasing down the suggested problems that didn’t exist, instead of being with my 5 daughters and 12 grandkids enjoying the park. Shame on you Netflix! Should have told me you were raising your prices and about to promote your new platform.

  6. I’m tired of movies and shows that push sociopolitical agendas. I’m tired of them pushing the boundaries of shock, violence, and sex. I don’t get pleasure out of horrific movies or shows. It’s all been overdone now.

    I just want to see an interesting movie that makes me feel happy and hopeful.

    1. I’m canceling now because of rocco’s modern life… And yes everything is dark and evil and full of sex On Netflix.

      I’m 56 I love the nickel cartoons tunes back in the nineties. The new rocco’s modern life is about transgender Character that went from male to female. Their brainwashing kids to except sin.

      Let me sum up all entertainment, Sex jokes, insults, murder, car crashes and explosions.

      There used to be a time TV shows and movies could make you laugh cry and smile without none of these disgusting factors involved. They gradually dumb does down to Except this garbage as entertainment.

      I think God I grew up when I did we spent every minute outside didn’t matter if it was cold or hot we ran and played road bikes and actually talk to each other.

  7. I dumped Netflix after a an Australian friend of mine introduced me to Putlocker dot fyi.

    It does have pop-ups, but if you simply close them fast, you have a full buffet of movies to test out for FREE.

    The sad irony, is that now Putlocker is blocked in Australia. But it’s still watchable in the USA.

  8. You know, the thought of canceling Netflix had been lurking in the back of my mind for a few months, and lo and behold, a google search later, your blog post came up! I cut the cord about a week ago, and I couldn’t be happier!

    I was the account holder who was paying for a family plan, mostly so my mom can binge on her shows (seriously, she is the binge queen! She watches so much TV). But because it was only a few dollars more, I got the top package to add my sister and then my best friend. At first I enjoyed binging on House of Cards, but I couldn’t take more than 2-3 episodes – it really screwed with my mind, made me angry, tired & depressed!

    After a while, I got busy and lost interest, so I barely watched while everyone else was still talking about all the amazing shows. It started to feel like the biggest waste of money – I have better things to do with my time!

    But your point # 2 in the blog sealed the deal for me. No way would I spend upwards of 13-15 hours of my life for just “meh”!

    Thanks again for your post & insight! 🙂

  9. I know this article is 2 years old but I HAVE to comment. I am 100% addicted to Netflix and have been for the last year or so. I notice it’s affecting my writing and creative process. My attention span is becoming shorter and I’m at a loss for words during face-to-face conversations. I’m becoming dumber and slower every few weeks. I printed out a time management schedule last week to record how much and how often I watched Netflix and it was a minimum of 4-6 hours a day at 36-45 hours a week. I’m a full-time student and I switch off between Netflix and homework. I watch Netflix while I get ready for school in the morning, in between classes, and before I go to bed.
    I know I have a SERIOUS problem. I read that Netflix asks writers to purposely create cliffhangers at the end of each episode to persuade viewers to binge watch.
    When I tell friends or classmates they always laugh it off and say things like, “Me too! What are you watching now? Have you watched THIS yet?”
    It’s a family account so I can’t cancel it. But, I’m trying to reduce my daily hours by logging in everything I do and how much time I’m wasting.
    I don’t 100% agree that ALL shows on Netflix are filth, there are some amazingly written shows with universal issues. But I do believe Netflix is starting to pump out more and more garbage to get us ALL ADDICTED.
    This is a great idea and I think you should also include the exact research done on people who watch too much TV and what can be done to curb our addictions. It’s only been 2 days of decreasing and I notice I’m starting to feel depressed. That’s how bad my addiction is!

    1. Wow. Thank you for sharing your story.

      For sure, not everything on Netflix is pure filth. There are some great movies, shows and documentaries to be found. Just the majority is pure filth. 😉

      I think you’re using the fact that it’s a family account as a crutch. Transfer it to another family member and cancel your account. Try it for 30 days, and see how you feel.

      Think of what you could do with an extra 40 hours a week!

  10. We’re late cord cutters, new to the streaming thing being in our fifties (we’re from the eighties generation of excess after all) , but we had Hulu and Netflix, and we have Amazon, however, we found ourselves listening to music more off Amazon, than watching shows off Netflix and Hulu so we cancelled them. We actually prefer PBS, Victoria or Jamestown is really good. We decided to donate yearly to PBS so we have their passport to watch various shows such as Victoria. Amazon carries alot of series that revolves around Agatha Christie one of my favorite authors. Otherwise, we watch live TV through our antenna. Fridays are our CSI nights. Therefore, we always have plenty of TV to watch without Netflix and Hulu. Or we just enjoy each other’s company while listening to music, and way better entertainment if you ask us. We were getting tired of the “dark side” of TV as you mentioned in your post as well, and we didn’t care for some of the shows yet we paid for them but couldn’t remove them as part of the package. My spouse and I grew up in the time of as you mentioned one had to know when a TV show would be on in order to watch your shows on a specific night and time. We watched that show then we were able to listen to the radio or spend time with family. We definitely don’t care for reality TV, or so called reality TV shows which when our daughter watches those her attitude is terrible! She is from your generation, and oh how we wished she would see things differently as you have within your post regarding Netflix. She does rather watch YouTube more than Netflix, but doesn’t pay for TV through YouTube just watches funny or how-to videos. Regardless, it’s Amazon and PBS for us for the time being along with our antenna.

  11. For me it was really about reconnecting with the classic arts, like reading, cooking, writing, and even going over intricate math problems that I had once solved. Connecting with my Pet, and my Family (more often). Working with wood. There’s something that just feels right about doing very simple but important things. The most intelligent Men and Women that have ever lived were into classic things, invented the best things, and may never have made those accomplishments in today’s media centric world where real life skill, or life relaxation can’t take place because of watching so much TV/Netflix. The list goes on, but yes, I also cancelled a Netflix, Hulu, and Prime account. I watch a DVD or Blue Ray now and then, old school.

    Cooking a great meal, taking a walk or a jog, and later relaxing with a good book is the best thing one can do to relax in my opinion. It’s been 2 months and I feel great!

  12. I have read their privacy statement. Netflix is an invasive, self-perpetuating global entity that makes sure you understand YOU have no privacy. Their contempt for us, the consumer is so in your face it took my breath away. They explicitly inform us that we are an open book and as Netflix subscribers have NO rights. I just wanted to watch a few movies. They give, sell, share anything about us they choose to. I feel completely betrayed. I am so naïve.

  13. thanks for your article. we used to have netflix but cancelled when they changed the pricing structure. our son keeps asking to have it back and i’ve been hesitant. this article has firmed my resolve to not re-subscribe. that said, any thoughts on primevideo?

  14. I have never used Netflix. What’s kind of funny is I’ll mention the title of a book I’m reading and invariably receive a reply from someone that yeah, they saw the movie. No comment.

  15. If Netflix stop removing all the good movies & TV shows people wouldn’t leave them,their like to you on the phone and put anything on to watch get more movies and maybe people will come back.

  16. Wow! Thank you! Good to know that there are people out there who have not been lured into the Netflix trap. Am fed up with all the hype and about it being rammed down my throat everywhere I go. Just think it’s a colossal waste of time and money, and it’s all about sensationalism and pushing the envelope for the sake of ‘entertainment’. And I really resent the assumption in this age of so-called tolerance that we all have Netflix or are interested in the miserable, cynical, lowest-common-denominator garbage it churns out.

    1. It’s pretty funny how angry some people get when you speak out against something they love, eh? Everything is open to personal opinion and preferences. I personally feel the world would be better off without Netflix. 😱 (and 90% of TV in general)

  17. I totally agree. I’m also sick of how everything these days is “dark” and depressing, not only on Netflix but also video games! Depressing, violent, on edge, bloody… the more the better. I hear some people talk about these shows they want me to check out on Netflix and honestly none of it sounds appealing. I’ve sat in with some shows playing and I don’t know how the general population stays entertained by this stuff. That’s not to say what I’ve experienced is what you are describing, but it’s making me think of it.
    But anyway, I’ve restarted my subscription because I wanted to watch a film they had on there. Except it’s gone now. I figured I’d watch that and maybe check another couple things out. I think I spend more time scrolling through all the colorful yet dark shows only to find nothing interesting anyway. I canceled it, I don’t miss turning to Netflix when I have nothing to do.

    1. I used to play a lot of video games growing up. Now I barely touch them.

      For me, the message is simple. The negatives of services like Netflix far outweigh the benefits. It’s an uncomfortable thought that most people don’t want to admit.

  18. There is an agrument to remove yourself from too much content – TV and Internet and connect with people.

    However, saying the shows are filth is lacking perspective. At the least defining “filth” needs to be explored so the reader isn’t generalizing the views of the writer.

    One persons “filth” is another persons experience and perspective. Life isn’t Leave it to Beaver. Shows like “Please Like Me”, “Dear White People”, “Orange Is the New Black”, “Black Mirror” leave you with a new perspective, can instill a sense of uncomfort that gives the viewer a new world view that maybe the viewer does not have access too. There is value in stories and I’d argue there are more opportunities to connect with those around you through shows on Netflix than the repeat storylines that exist elsewhere. I’d recommend you watch Nanette to see this argument fully realized. The conversations and dialogues that exist from those who have experienced this show and others similar to it transcends pop culture and drives relevant impactful conversations and Yes it has “Mature” content.

    Calling all of that filth is denying that experience and story exists and that nothing can’t be learned by it. Netflix is for adults – those “Mature” ratings do over rate sexual content and underate violence content. If you want kids content there is a filter for that, parents and kid adults can use it.

  19. Look, if you’re either unable to process your emotions from watching shows with distressing themes or stop yourself from watching those shows, and find yourself unable to carry on any conversation that’s not related to whatever TV programme you’ve been consuming, then that’s your problem. I’m glad you at least had enough sense to cancel the subscription knowing that you couldn’t regulate your own viewing experience or social life, but that’s no reason to paint it with a broad brush and tell EVERYONE ELSE to do it too.

    I’m a big believer in therapy, and it seems like you’d really benefit from it to help you gain more control of your life and your emotional responses. I hope you’ve been able to get better in the couple of years since this article was written.

    1. Wow, do you work for Netflix? 😉

      Funny how you could read one 800-word article and conclude that I need therapy. There is a growing mountain of evidence showing the clear ramifications and negative effects of Netflix and too much TV in general. How many studies show the benefits of Netflix?

      Everything here is merely my opinion. I do believe society in general would be better off without Netflix and the crazy amount of TV available to us. And I think I made a pretty good argument for it.

      Thanks for reading.

      1. I appreciate this article. I do watch netflix and it consumes my time. I lose sleep because of it. My kids lose time into it when they could be learning other things like music. People now days are losing self awareness and losing creativity. It is an unhealthy addiction and like an addiction nobody wants to admit its a problem. Ironic? I think so! I sound like an addict sitting here saying i wanna quit one day but cant. And its true because I dont have will power. I even quit smoking cigarettes but Netflix is oddly the hardest to quit. I need to make it a priority like cleaning and exercising and paying a bill.

  20. I appreciated your article. My wife and I have been considering cancelling our subscription. The last thing that happened was watching Anne with an E, only to find that more and more it brings feministic points of view (some that I agree with) that would, in most circumstances, never happened in that era of history. It also started adding a gay agenda with two different story lines.. an old woman and an old boy. That also would be very unlike the time period in which Anne of Green Gables took place. Since I don’t read books for enjoyment at home, I would have to guess in saying that you wouldn’t find feminism and a LGBT topics in the book. What’s next? Change up Little House on the Prairie? Let’s remove all the racism from it, nevermind that this was the sort of thing that happened in that time period (doesn’t make it right, but not condoning it) and then let’s change Laura’s story and slowly suggest she likes girls too. There is no end to what Hollywood will stop at to push the limits of what is acceptable.

    1. This was a rainy weekend. I sat down with Netflix and decided to gorge. I picked out 6 different shows. I also quit all 6 shows. I did not watch them all the way through. The political correctness onslaught is unbearable. Why does everything have to be twisted into some kind of politically correct statement or social commentary? If Netflix really wants to get edgy why don’t they create shows about real situations? Why not do a show about the radicals( looking into their characters and how their warped mindset was developed) who blew up the Twin Towers? Show how abject devotion to Is lam will lead to unspeakable evil which starts from birth? But no. I guess that’s out of bounds. I’ve had enough. No more. Thank you.

  21. I go on and off with netflix. I “binge-watched” the first Season of Peaky Binders only to discover at the start of Season 2 (SPOILER ALERT) that they killed off one main character to influenza with no logical reason except the actor had moved on, and, of course, brought back another character FROM THE DEAD (he was just wounded folks!) to maintain some kind of melodramatic tension while scrapping the underlying themes, locales, and plot points of the first season now that we were “Three Years Later”. How many meaningless hours had I wasted on the first season?

    So I cancelled again. We’ll see.

  22. Netflix is getting too political.See enough of that on TV.They have to bring onesided politics into everything in the USA.

  23. I just quit Netflix. I quit because they fooled you into believing that a movie or series was drama then it showed up as action an movie then the same movie kept repeating themselves as different types of shows. Also, I don’t like the filth that Netflix exposes to the public. Then there were the political points of views. I was paying to see old movies, some were very poor quality. When they canceled one shows that my wife and I loved and said that was it. I said no more, I am not paying for this crap anymore.
    I believe streaming is the way of the future but there are many other ways to watch TV. Since I have Amazon I get extra benefits such as streaming, free shipping on my products and free books for almost the same price. I cut the cable cord 3 years ago and saved $1272. Netflix was only $10.99 but all I was getting was crappy TV.

    1. Yah it definitely makes more financial sense if you’ve already got an Amazon Prime account. Personally, I’ve detached from all TV and streaming services. I wrote about Netflix because they are the most prominent and popular service, and the innovator of this new style of TV that is rotting our brains.

      Thanks for reading!

  24. Lucky me I’m one of those weird people who doesn’t get the appeal of Netflix.
    I’ve got so many things to do I feel like I’m commiting a sin just thinking of wasting the whole weekend watching tv series or movies, which in most of the cases, are just dull and depressing like you said.

    My family owns a netflix account and I remember I once sat down and started browsing through the catalog and was so overwhelmed at the incredibly huge amount of tv series and movies offered. I couldn’t help thinking things like “who on earth watches all this crap?” “do people actually have time to watch all of this?” You’d need like another 20 lives to watch all these contents”, etc. I actually got kind of depressed and bored scrolling down that never-ending list of movies so I turned it off and left.

    I think the problem is most people don’t have anything significant or important to devote their time to. Students go to school and do their homework and then what? Netflix! Adults go to work and then arrive tired at home and there’s Netflix, the perfect chill-out. I find it sad though, I think life’s too short to just waste it away. I find it so disgusting and ridiculous when I hear people saying: “Oh, no, I just finished watching the last episode of XXX, what am I going to do with my life now?” Like, really? Since when did watching tv become the purpose and meaning of humans’ lives? I can’t help feeling worried about our future as a species.

  25. Thank you very much for this article. I agree totally. I liked the concept of “binge” ( I speak spanish as a native tongue) and I didn’t knew the word bing. I quit Netflix a month ago and I really feel more free, simply because my mind has more time to think, to be still, to meditate about other important things. I deactivate the accounts of Facebook, Instagram almost for similar reasons related with all the smalk talk, gossips and fake news posted in social media.
    Now I am thinking more in to get another good habits that make feel that my life is worthy ( at least for me).

    Thanks again.

  26. I made a decision to drop Netflix because of shows like “Dear White People” and “End of the F***ing World.” Seriously, I’m just sick of the morons who make stuff like this to pump into our homes. I try to flush sewage OUT of the house and I don’t need something like Netflix telling me I need it back in.

    So, what have I done instead? I set up a Plex system in the house (a free bit of software that allows you to stream your media library) and I find it far more entertaining. I have the shows I want, I pick up some titles from the library from time to time (for free) and upload them to watch later, and I am not giving these monsters my money.

      1. Quite Netflix yesterday after many years. I see I am not alone in my thoughts about this “content service” that has become ubiquitous throughout our culture.
        I have a small media library mostly made up of the old platform called Blu ray…it still works for me. I have an aging ’06 XBR that still works like new, and the companion Sony DVD player, and that’s it.
        I do have access to Amazons growing content through my Prime service, but have not used it yet. Maybe I’ll sample their service now.
        But I do agree with some of these comments, that content today, has a decidedly one sided political view point….read boring……that really defeats the whole purpose of entertaining…..leave politics out of entertainment!
        Plus the ever darkening nature of content, is not healthy. In addition, comedy has been corrupted to the point it’s no longer funny.
        One additional content access point is from my Mac HD….a lot of free stuff.

  27. This blog post addresses the bad habits that Netflix “binge-watching” can bring into people lives. This blogger clearly admits that he fell victim to Netflix’s many entertaining TV shows and movies. However, he explains why he quit watching Netflix for good. Blogger from Rapid Web Launch Blog, Patrick Antinozzi, explains three reasons why it is worth it to cut Netflix out of your life completely. He even puts his post under the category, “Self-Improvement,” as if quitting Netflix will make your life substantially better.
    His first reason for cutting out Netflix is, “Netflix directly opposes everything I want to accomplish,” and he even provides a little animation below this statement in order to help readers visualize the harm that Netflix can cause. Antinozzi points out that binge-watching became popular right after Netflix did. Then, he goes on to define “binge” stating that it is “To indulge in an activity, especially eating, to excess.” Using this logic in his argument made for a strong first reasoning. His next reason is “Netflix is full of depressing filth.” First of all, this word choice makes it seem like Netflix is being watched inside a dumpster. However, that is what makes his argument strong. He purposely chose to use words like “depressing” and “filth” because he wanted to get a reaction out of his readers in order to persuade them to stop watching shows on Netflix. He then goes on to point out that almost everything has at least a Mature rating and how PG and PG13 shows have “edgy” material. Although, I do find it interesting that he doesn’t mention anything about the young kids shows. He probably does not include this in his argument because shows like Mickey Mouse or Barbie likely would not fall under the category of depressing filth. But, if he did include this as a counterargument and then provided a rebuttal, his argument would be much stronger.
    Finally, his last reason is, “Removing Netflix from your life improves your conversations.” This is a good ending to his argument because if you’re reading this and only read the first two sections you probably won’t be as likely to take his argument seriously. Ending with a more serious reason was a good choice by this author because now readers are probably considering his argument. He even provides a serious quote from Eleanor Roosevelt which is much different from the animation that he provided in the first section. Overall, Antinozzi has a pretty solid argument, however not everyone would take his reasoning seriously because of how informal his blog post is. I have to mention however, that I did enjoy reading it and as an avid Netflix binge-watcher, was thoroughly surprised at the validity of this argument.

  28. I reached the same opinion. I tried streaming (while keeping my DVD queue), and find out there are so few movies on it , and I am not really into TV shows. In contrast, their DVD service has far FAR more movies both domestic and foreign. So, after watching some pretty crappy movies (since I’d seen all the good ones), we cancelled streaming, and bumped the DVDs back up. It works better to curate our list in the DVD queue. That way, everything we get is well thought out and almost always excellent.

  29. Thanks for your opinion, I am ready to quit Netflix as well, nothing good for the soul… can live without it, “and think about all the time I will free up to do more meaningful things with my family.”
    Grateful!

  30. I will continue to have Netflix. I enjoy the service and I cancelled my satellite tv service and I subscribe to hulu too. I will do what I want to do. I think its silly that you are telling other people what to do. Im not listening to you. I exercise and do other things to.

    1. Deanna, where did the writer once TELL you to do anything? It’s 100% your choice to consume shows which glorify sexual abuse, violence and overall filth.

  31. I am considering quitting Netflix. I am watching all the prison reality shows and it is just a bingefest of unhealthy proportions.

    Now I seem to be happily bingeing Duolingo. So, there’s that.

    1. Hey, there you go! Felicitaciones!

      Honestly, with each passing month I appreciate even more how I have no need for Netflix in my life. There are zero benefits to it, and there’s way more engaging forms of entertainment available to me.

  32. This article was really a waste of time.
    If you’re not able to control yourself when it comes to a simple tv show, you’re incredibly weak and – sorry, no offense – a cry-baby.

      1. repetitive messaging coupled with reward and punishment ie binge watching is the exact definition of brainwashing. So apparently Mrs M you are impervious. Stimulation as a reward reinforces addiction. Watch what happens when you take the stimulation away. I dare you to go without it for 21 days

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