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How Netflix Binge-Watching Can Lead You The “Mean World Syndrome”

Binge-watching has been defined as watching three or more episodes of a TV show in one sitting.

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They catalogued the instances of violence in each show, including frequency, nature, justification, and perpetrator and target characteristics. The researchers found violence in the top-streamed shows was very prevalent, graphic and intentional. Pixabay

If you wait for the weekend to watch multiple episodes of the popular Netflix shows that portray violence, chances are you may see the world as meaner than it really is – a phenomenon known as “mean world syndrome”, suggests new research.

For the study, the researchers from Boston University College of Communication looked at five most commonly binge-watched online TV series – all of which were Netflix original shows: House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Marco Polo, Bloodline and Daredevil.

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When they examined the survey results, the researchers found that the more hours spent watching these online original series, the more likely it was that the viewer saw the world as a mean and scary place. Pixabay

They catalogued the instances of violence in each show, including frequency, nature, justification, and perpetrator and target characteristics. The researchers found violence in the top-streamed shows was very prevalent, graphic and intentional.

Binge-watching has been defined as watching three or more episodes of a TV show in one sitting.

To see what effects, if any, watching these shows had on frequent viewers, BU College of Communication researchers Sarah Krongard and Mina Tsay-Vogel surveyed 366 undergraduate students who participated in the study.

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For the study, the researchers from Boston University College of Communication looked at five most commonly binge-watched online TV series – all of which were Netflix original shows: House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Marco Polo, Bloodline and Daredevil. Pixabay

When they examined the survey results, the researchers found that the more hours spent watching these online original series, the more likely it was that the viewer saw the world as a mean and scary place. The results were published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture.
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“Try to engage critically with what you’re watching. Try to think about: Who made this? Why? What is the purpose?” Krongard suggested.(IANS)

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Actress Sunny Leone: Violence is Something That our Children See and Learn

"I do not endorse violence," says Actress Sunny Leone

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Actress Sunny Leone took a neutral stance on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) violence. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Sunny Leone took a neutral stance on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) violence by saying that she doesnt want to comment on the anti-CAA protest and fee hike issue in JNU, adding that she is pro-peace and she hopes that all concerned parties will come out with a solution on the matter.

“I don’t want to share my opinion on an actual thing that people are fighting over. I feel there are many things that we can do if we put our foot down, if we speak to each other and stop the violence, because violence is something that our children see and learn. Violence doesn’t affect just one person. It affects the entire family because it also emotionally hurt them. I am pro-peace and I do not endorse violence. I am sure that there will be some solution that can come without violence,” said Sunny, while interacting with the media at a promotional event, when she was asked to comment on Sunday’s attack on JNU students by unidentified masked men.

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“I think it’s time that we start respecting mother earth and giving back to her basically what she has given us,” says Sunny Leone. Wikimedia Commons

At the event, Sunny also spoke about the devastating wildfires in Australia. “I think we have created this path of destruction, and wer are destroying things that are so beautiful in our world. I do believe that we have the ability and the means to clean up our cities and homes. I feel we have to keep our beaches clean, and provide education to children about what it means to throw your thrash in the garbage box.”

She continued: “I think it’s time that we start respecting mother earth and giving back to her basically what she has given us, which is the ability to live on this planet. I know we practice certain things in our homes that help the environment, and I really hope that people start paying attention to these things because it is only going to get worse.”

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Talking about the web series “Ragini MMS: Returns” season 2, which released on December 18, she said: “I am really happy that people have liked season 2. I haven’t got the chance to see it. I have seen only my portions while dubbing but I have heard nice things about it. I wish success to Zee5 and ALTBalaji and I hope it does well for them.”

“Ragini MMS Returns Season 2” features real-life couple Divya Agarwal and Varun Sood. Sunny Leone plays a paranormal expert in the series. (IANS)