When you have no idea for a research project, binge-watch How To Get Away With Murder.
Over the weekend I managed something almost impossible (not really). In the span of 48 hours, I managed to watch all 15 existing episodes of How To Get Away With Murder. And boy did I get hooked. Quickly.
This sparked an idea for a digital storytelling project that I could pursue – Binge Watching. I couldn’t be more proud to say that my 2 day conquer of How To Get Away With Murder sparked an idea. But it lead me to think of other shows I binge-watch, and the most significant is probably FRIENDS. I first got the 10 season box-set for Christmas 3 years ago (I think), and I have never looked back. It’s probably my most cherished Christmas present. After that Christmas, I proceeded to watch the entire 238 episodes, in 26 days.
It’s probably my biggest achievement to date.
Since then, I’ve watched the entire 10 seasons four times, but probably more. I use FRIENDS as my ‘background noise’ show. It’s on when I’m cleaning my room, when I’m ‘studying’. I’m pretty sure I watched it throughout my entire HSC (it was only on as background noise, of course). FRIENDS makes me feel so comfortable, and it’s just such a light-hearted show. I love it so much. Thinking about FRIENDS being my ‘background noise’ kind of show, I wondered what other people’s ideal setting for watching FRIENDS was.
Media: TV/Laptop (Screen) FRIENDS
Are there other people like me? Are there people that have watched the series 10 or more times?
I am determined to find out.
Alas, who knew that watching all 18 current episodes of How To Get Away With Murder could lead to this? I am now obsessed, but that’s not the point here. I have found my research project. Yay!
My project will be a photo-story, of people in their ideal “Friends-watching scenario”. I will then talk to them about why they binge-watch in that scenario and how it makes them feel. I will then back up this research with an infographic on binge-watching data. Yay!
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