Binge-watching TV — including popular Netflix shows like “House of Cards” or “Orange Is the New Black” — is linked to depression and anxiety, a new study claims.
Researchers polled North Americans about their “binge-watching” habits, which they defined as two to five consecutive hours of TV in one day, according to the University of Toledo study.
Roughly 35 percent of participants qualified as binge-watchers and reported higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression than non-binge-watchers.
“‘Binge-watching’ is a growing public health concern that needs to be addressed,” scientists concluded.
Too many consecutive hours of TV and depression are linked — but cause and effect isn’t clear, scientists said.