Are box sets turning us into couch potatoes?

Nothing got between Mr Tibbs and Downton Abbey - Image: Dave Parker
"Box sets are much like Pringles in that once you pop you can't stop, with 73% of us binge-watching over three hours of episodes in one sitting"
  • | by Abbie Laughton-Coles

Would you miss out on 'sexy time' with your partner to catch up on your favourite programme? Well it turns out that 15% of British people would, according to a survey of 2,000 people by broadbandchoices.co.uk.

And it seems that it's not just cutting into rumpy-pumpy sessions either. One in 10 admitted to sitting in front of the box for a marathon six hours at a time, and a square-eyed 25% of those surveyed have ditched evening plans for their favourite show.

Dominic Baliszewski of broadbandchoices.co.uk said: "It's now easier and cheaper to get faster broadband at home, which means it's easier to stream video and watch on-demand. TV companies recognise this, which is why there are so many great shows with Hollywood talent being made specifically for streaming services."

Box sets are much like Pringles in that once you pop you can't stop, with 73% of us binge-watching over three hours of episodes in one sitting. That's a lot of numb bums! And the ladies come off as a tad selfish, preferring to watch their favourite shows solo whilst men prefer viewing with their partner. How sweet.

But what's got us hooked so badly that we've abandoned living 'IRL'?

Unless you reside under a rock, you couldn't have missed the frenzy that surrounded Breaking Bad, which topped the list of most binge-watched box sets.

So what gripping, modern drama came in second?

Well, it was Friends. And considering it finished in 2004, that's pretty good going from the New Yorkers.

Also featuring highly was 24 ("will his daughter ever stop getting kidnapped?"), the Big Bang Theory ("who knew nerds could be so funny?") and, of course, Game of Thrones ("sex, dragons and murder").

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