The student's guide to holiday binge-watching

July 10, 2015
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Hijacked and Vodafone have teamed up to assist you in maximising your mid-year binge-watching. Go forth.

You might think that once you finish your exams, you have to spend your holidays frolicking about and exploring the world before being cooped back up next semester. But some of you might also consider the holidays the perfect opportunity to remain locked in the confinement of your bedroom, ingesting show after show into the wee hours of the morning.

With streaming services like Stan becoming increasingly accessible and popular, we reckoned it was high time to provide a guide to the ultimate binge-watching experience.

Decide where you’re watching and who you’re watching with

This is crucial, depending on what sort of experience you’re after. Watching with mates does allow for instant post-ep discussion – almost a necessity for hard-hitting shows like Better Call Saul. But watching alone on your laptop, in the solitude of your own room, means you’ll probably be able to take more in. It’s completely up to you.

Snacks on snacks on snacks

No binge-watching marathon is complete – or even any good – without some serious snacks to fuel your voyage from episode to episode, or from movie to movie. While we certainly don’t promote unhealthy eating, a colossal amount of junk food is a basic requirement for any marathon. Fact.

To tweet or not to tweet

Everyone loves a good live tweeting sesh. If there’s one thing better than the show itself, it’s other people’s reactions to it. If you feel like venting your frustration, joy, or any other emotional reactions and there’s no one else around, then it might help to share your thoughts on social media.

Not only does this prove you’re tech-savvy, but it also keeps you up with the cultural zeitgeist and will garner the approval of your social media pals. But don’t be a douche and post spoilers. If you’re a spoiler-poster, you don’t even deserve to watch television. Show some respect.

What should you watch?

Perhaps the most generation-defining question one can ask, to which the answer really depends on how you’ve tackled the past three steps. Different shows and movies obviously offer different experiences; we’re sure you’d rather watch Geordie Shore alone so no one discovers your secret shame.

However watching something such as the genius of Community inspires a much more sociable mood, so you might want to tackle that one with friends. Or you might want to be the one who’s ahead of the game and get on board with a show that’s about to blow up – Stan is streaming Power direct from the US and it’s garnering lots of attention. Oh and if you’ve been living under a rock this past semester, there’s always Better Call Saul.

The most important tip? The less sleep you get, the better.

Jackson Langford

Jackson is studying a Bachelor of Communication degree at the University of Newcastle and is the rightful heir to the throne.

Image credit: Jason Rogers, Flickr Creative Commons license


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