If you鈥檝e 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鈥檚 bringing you down. Prepping the essentials for the perfect Netflix聽session might help relieve the post-binge blues, but there鈥檚 now proof that binge-watching might actually be bad for your mental health.

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A study from Texas A&M has found that 鈥渢he more lonely and depressed you are, the more likely you are to binge-watch.鈥 The study also showed that binge-watchers 鈥渓acked the ability to control themselves,鈥 and 鈥渨ere unable to stop clicking 鈥楴ext鈥 even when they were aware that they had other tasks to complete,鈥 which hints at addictive behavior. As if we didn鈥檛 already feel guilty about neglecting all those adulting responsibilities. Yeesh!

But, hey! You鈥檙e 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鈥檚 participants admitted that they were binge-watchers.

Although we鈥檙e totally on board with some TV and movie time, perhaps it鈥檚 a good idea to mix up House of Cards with a few other fun, creative activities 鈥 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!

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