Do You Binge-Read?

2 years ago | Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

According to a Wall Street Journal article, roughly 60% of Netflix users watch only one show at a time. Another 25% stick solely to two. This means that only 15% of people watch three or more shows at a time, which surprises me, cause I'm like so part of that 15%. (Article can be found here, if you have access to WSJ: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-many-tv-series-can-your-brain-take-1434044239)

Seeing as how TV shows are the most popular serials these days, this leads me to wonder. How do you guys read web serials? Do you have a bunch going at once, that you check whenever they get updated? Do you binge-read one serial, then move to the next? It also might be interesting to compare it to the way you watch TV (if you do watch TV), but that's totally optional.

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  1. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    That's an interesting correlation. I binge watch TV series, and I binge read serials. I can't do one episode at a time - either the wait is killing me, or I lose interest and step away from it until there is enough material to binge read / watch.

    I am SO GLAD I found Worm after it was complete. :P

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  2. Fiona Gregory (Moderator)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I mainly read currently-updating serials post by post. Sometimes I leave one for awhile and then catch up on it. I've binge read through many an archive but I can't really afford the time, as I have pretty much zero self control once I start. Limiting myself to an average of one serial chapter per day doesn't get me in as much trouble.

    Much as I love y'all, I'm trying to encourage myself to read more actual books offline, when I have time to read, rather than be on the computer all the time.

  3. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I don't binge a serial and then deliberately forget about it for a while, if that's what you mean... namely because if I fall behind by more than a couple parts, I have a tendency to think "crud, now I'll need to set aside extra time to catch up". Meaning 3 parts becomes 5, becomes 10... and THEN I need to binge. I don't really enjoy it, as once I'm through about 4 or 5 parts, I usually need a break regardless (depending on length). But then, how else is one to start reading? It's a bit of a mental block if I'm coming into a serial with several parts existing behind it, but conversely one needs a few parts to make sure it'll keep going so - what is that, a catch 22?

    At any rate, at present I'm following three serials and trying to make a point of checking in weekly. Yet I just put them on the shelf in order to binge read "Fooled" from the start, so I suppose I'm some curious hybrid? Television follows the same pattern though. I keep up with shows weekly -- until I'm about 3 episodes behind. Then it's on the shelf until summer, when I may or may not get back to it. (I can't do more than a couple hours of television at a time either.) Maybe that's the issue with me... if I fall behind, I might not find/make the time to catch up?

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  4. Emma (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I only read completed stuff so I can binge read it. It's mostly due to the speed that I read and faulty memory. I read fast and it's easy for me to get caught up on stuff that's not completed. Then, I start forgetting update scheduling and just forget to read the story. I've done it with many novel series as well. And it's partially due to me not liking to rate/review something unless I read the ending. I'm one of those people if I don't like the ending, it kills the story for me. The ending is paramount!

  5. Taulsn (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I like finding new serials to binge on, but I also have a list of currently updating ones that I read chapter by chapter.

  6. Dennis N. Santana (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I'm really picky about the media I consume, because I have very specific tastes and things I want in media and most things don't do it for me. And often when I find something I like, I consume a lot of it at once, but then I might forget it for a while and come back to it later. There's really no rhyme or reason to it, my attention just comes and goes without much I can do about it.

  7. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    A random realization that occurred the other day - something that I DO tend to binge read is web comics, particularly the ones that have the arcing plots. (Darths and Droids, for instance, the RPG Star Wars one.) I'll let those updates fly by without a thought, then binge them at the end of the month, or when I'm feeling bored or something. I don't know if it's because they tend to be faster reads, or if it's something about the visual, but I have no problem falling behind on those, unlike serials or television.

    My suspicion, based on my own writing experience is that this isn't typical. Mainly because when personified math was a web serial, I was lucky to get 30 hits on an update, whereas now that it's a web comic, I'm easily getting 60-100 views. But then, maybe there's something going on with percentages.

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  8. Tintenteufel (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Oh my god, yes.
    Not only serials, to be honest. I find it increasingly difficult to read every or every other day. Instead there are times when I am just highly susceptible to books and movies and series and stuff. Mostly when I am running from some kind of responsibility. Anyway, so every few weeks I'll just get stung and read a book or two or binge on a series till.
    WebSerials are...hard to say. Those which I read are already finished. So naturally I binged them. Read them within a few days or weeks in case of worm.

    A very bad case of bad self discipline and impulsivity, I think.

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  9. Sten Düring (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I mostly read manga on-line, and seeing that I usually click the 'completed' tag I guess I'm definitely reading them in one go.

    Makes me wonder why I decided to write a story going on and on and on... ;)

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