Netflix's Effect On American Culture

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Netflix’s Effect on American Culture Netflix is a global provider of streaming movies and TV series. Netflix was founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Dolph. It started out as a DVD-by-mail service in America in 1998, and in 2007 began streaming. Over the years the company has become very popular. Netflix has many effects on American culture that we don't realize. Netflix has an impact on the economy. Netflix charges a membership fee of eight dollars a month. By charging a membership fee, the company is a part of the sharing economy. Sharing economy is when they make money by sharing the same products instead of selling more products. Netflix has almost driven the video tape/disc rental business, along with companies like Blockbuster, …show more content…

It causes some mental effects that you probably do not realize. Many people have performed experiments and done research on this. Grant McCracken found that 76 percent reported binge watching as an easy distraction from their busy lives, and nearly 8 in 10 agreed that binge-watching a TV show was more enjoyable than watching single episodes. Most people would much rather get lost in a show, zoning out in their own little fictional world. Binge-watching can also cause depression and anxiety. There was also a research done on this. Researchers asked 406 participants to record the amount of TV they watched in one night and how it made them feel along the way. After watching just two hours of TV, the participants reported that they felt sadder and anxious than those who spent less time watching. Binge-watching rates have tripled since 2014. Marathon-viewing doesn't just change how we watch, it also affects how we eat. Researches have been investigating the links to TV and mindless eating for a long time. Lillian Cheung says, "There's convincing evidence in adults that the more television they watch, the more likely they are to gain weight or become overweight or obese.” TV watching interferes with sleep as …show more content…

Netflix is a big topic of discussion on social media networks. It has also created the term “Netflix and Chill” which is used in many different ways. It has provided a way to watch TV online whether you're on a phone, tablet, or computer. It is also available on smart TVs. Netflix has made it’s own original series like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and the newest, Fuller House. Fuller House is a spinoff of Full House with most of the same cast members and some new. It was a very popular topic on the internet before it came out and now that it’s out it is too. This topic has become controversial. Will Netflix kill TV? Netflix seeks to reprogram America. So, what will happen to the mass culture if it succeeds? As you can see, Netflix affects our culture in so many different ways, and it’s not something many people realize. Mentally, emotionally, socially, academically, and your health. It also affects the internet and media, the economy, TV, cable companies, and other businesses. Netflix has advanced in many ways, as well as TV in general. It is so convenient and in a way addicting, so it is hard to realize how much it affects us and our

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