Binge-watching is a relatively new expression in the English language, but it has become increasingly common in daily conversation because of media streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and YouTube becoming the most popular way people watch TV shows, movies or streamers.
The word binge can be used as both as a noun and a verb. It is used to describe a period of excessive indulgence, usually for an unhealthy activity, such as eating too much junk food over the weekend, or drinking a lot of alcohol in one night.
So, binge-watching means to watch a LOT of episodes of a TV show or other kinds of video content, back-to-back, in one sitting, without really taking a break.
I stayed at home for all of my Obon summer vacation, but I enjoyed my free time by binge-watching a lot of TV shows I usually don`t have the time or energy to enjoy after work. IT WAS GREAT.
I binge-watched forty episodes of a brilliant British comedy panel show called Taskmaster on YouTube in three days. I just couldn’t stop! I binge-watched my favourite videogame streamers and VTubers every single day, sometimes while cooking, cleaning or chatting with my friends back home at the same time. I also binge-watched a lot of YouTubers who use their channel to teach unique and natural Japanese expressions. Unlike “binge”‘s historically negative connotations, binge-watching can also be used positively, for informative and educational content.
How do you entertain yourself when you have to stay home? What TV shows do you like to binge-watch? Please tell me all about your favourite shows and YouTubers in your next English lesson 🙂