This Is the Netflix News You Do NOT Want to Hear
If you’ve ever felt super bummed after binge-watching your favorite series, it might be more than just the end of your show and saying goodbye to beloved characters that’s bringing you down. Prepping the essentials for the perfect Netflix session might help relieve the post-binge blues, but there’s now proof that binge-watching might actually be bad for your mental health.
A study from Texas A&M has found that “the more lonely and depressed you are, the more likely you are to binge-watch.” The study also showed that binge-watchers “lacked the ability to control themselves,” and “were unable to stop clicking ‘Next’ even when they were aware that they had other tasks to complete,” which hints at addictive behavior. As if we didn’t already feel guilty about neglecting all those adulting responsibilities. Yeesh!
But, hey! You’re not alone, and your hardcore viewing habits are in no way an isolated incident. Binge-watching is a pretty run of the mill thing to do nowadays. Proof: A 2013 Netflix survey found that 73 percent of the participants considered binge-watching socially acceptable behavior, and a more recent 2015 survey by TiVo showed that binge-watching acceptance is ever on the rise. Over 90 percent of Tivo’s participants admitted that they were binge-watchers.
Although we’re totally on board with some TV and movie time, perhaps it’s a good idea to mix up House of Cards with a few other fun, creative activities — instead of just binging your way through the whole season in one shot.
Is binge-watching a guilty-pleasure, or the new norm for you? Tweet us @BritandCo!
(h/t The Conversation; photo via iStock)
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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