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Binge Day – September 25, 2023

Binge Day is celebrated annually on September 25 as a fun and relaxing day to binge-watch your favorite movie, series, or T.V. show. The day is not a federal holiday, so it is not a day off unless it falls on the weekend. The holiday can be celebrated alone, or with friends while watching anything on T.V. or on the big screen while having snacks. So, are you ready to know more about this day?

History of Binge Day

The word ‘binge’ in original terms means ‘to soak.’ To be soaked fully in wet mud, sweat, or anything that you can get soaked in. Since its introduction in the 18th century, the term has been used to describe the ‘soaked-up’ state of anyone who is bogged down in a ton of labor.

With the introduction of ‌comic books in the 1920s, the first trend that was observed was the rapid finishing of the entire comic book series in one sitting. It was common to feel the urge to read all at once and then wait a long time for a new release. The same trend was observed decades later, in the 1970s and 1980s, when cassettes were introduced and made it feasible to physically possess a movie or T.V. show. This meant that people could now watch their favorite movie or show whenever they wanted.

When Japanese magazines began posting chapters of their “manga” comic books in the 1980s, the idea of binge-watching as we know it today was born. A collection of these chapters would then be published as a solo volume of a story comic. The concept of binge-reading was introduced as a result of this collection of chapters being able to be read continuously all at once. All the streaming providers, including Netflix, later adopted this tactic.

Today, a person may view anything they are interested in on any device thanks to the abundance of online streaming services for movies and television shows. The term “binge-watching” in this context simply refers to the act of continuously using a device in a single sitting while doing nothing else. The new “high” is getting up to grab a snack and then coming back to watch something, and feeling proud of yourself for finishing the show or movie series.

Binge Day timeline

1800s
Coinage

The term is first used to describe being ‘soaked’ or ‘overindulging in anything.’

1930s
Comic Books

Although comic books have been around since the 1800s, the first commercial comic book industry in the United States started in the 1930s.

1970s and 1980s
V.H.S. and Marathon-Viewing

V.H.S. tapes make it possible to own a movie or T.V. show and watch it whenever desired, introducing the trend of finishing an entire series in a marathon session, thus the term “marathon viewing.”

1997
Netflix

Netflix is founded, which allowed people to rent movies and T.V. shows on a subscription basis.

Binge Day FAQs

Is it a holiday on Binge Day?

No, Binge Day is like a celebration of watching T.V. shows and movies after you have completed your daily chores. Unfortunately, you will have to go about your business as usual unless it is a weekend, but after work, you can treat yourself to something special.

Which show is most popular in terms of binge-watching?

We cannot proclaim one show to be the most popular for binge-watching because every show has its fanbase. “Squid Game” seems to be the most popular show to binge-watch at the moment.

Is binge-watching harmful?

Everything needs to be in balance because too much of anything can be dangerous. If binge-watching becomes a habit, an individual may experience issues and abnormalities with their mental health, sleep, and general health. After binge-watching a whole series, some viewers struggle to decide what to watch next. A show’s weekly release and weekly viewing keep the thrill and excitement while being healthier.

Binge Day Activities

  1. Binge-watch something of interest

    It is Binge Day! Simply stream a show or movie series and make it your goal to complete it within a day. Don’t forget to invite your family, friends, or partner to join you!

  2. Grab some cool snacks

    Get some snacks with a similar theme to what you're watching so you can munch on them when you're hungry or just need a little break. Just a word of advice: stay away from the popcorn. It will simply dry up your mouth, and you'll need to drink something to keep the moisture in. Get some hot dogs, nachos, or chow mein instead.

  3. Have a binge-party

    Don’t be a loner, invite your friends over to have a binge-watching party. Not only will you have company, but there will be snacks too!

5 Interesting Facts About Binge Day

  1. The most binge-watched show on Netflix

    “Squid Game” is the most binge-watched T.V. show on Netflix.

  2. The longest T.V. show

    “The Simpsons” is the longest T.V. show in continuity, with 33 seasons (710 episodes).

  3. 300 minutes

    On average, a binge-watching session lasts for around five hours, which is approximately equal to six episodes.

  4. 90% of all millennials

    According to a study, around 90% of all millennials enjoy binge-watching their content.

  5. Several adverse health effects

    Binge-watching can have multiple adverse health effects if an individual makes it a habit — too much of anything is always bad.

Why We Love Binge Day

  1. It’s a day to relax

    It's not necessary to spend the entire day dozing off to relax. Any activity that helps you break up your daily routine and gives you enjoyment qualifies as a type of relaxation. Binge Day is a relaxing break from the stresses of everyday life while watching something you enjoy.

  2. It’s a chance to watch your favorite show

    On typical days, are you too busy to watch the most anticipated series? Today is the day that you will finally be able to watch it and get it off your shoulders. Enjoy this day as much as you can, whether it's with friends or by yourself, whatever you feel most comfortable with. You deserve it!

  3. What they want, when they want it

    On this day, many streaming sites release their latest shows to entice viewers to watch them effortlessly. The feeling of relief people have when their most anticipated show is out and they have a day set aside to binge-watch can be compared to that of a cold drink on a scorching hot day.

Binge Day dates

YearDateDay
2023September 25Monday
2024September 25Wednesday
2025September 25Thursday
2026September 25Friday
2027September 25Saturday

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