I need to come clean to students at St. Michael’s college. I apologize for not being social for this past year. Netflix is to blame. Yes, it is true I’m addicted to the old reruns of “Nip/Tuck,” “Weeds,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and even “Heroes.” All of which, thanks to Netflix, have allowed me to watch every episode of every season instantly on my laptop, which are the fixings for a life as a recluse.
There’s just something about shows from 2003 and onward that make me giggle with joy. For example, Dr. Christian Troy’s style of clothing in “Nip/Tuck” screams early 2000s because he is always wearing orange-tinted glasses in order to see the flaws in every woman’s rack.
DVD’s are becoming obsolete as Viacom, owner of Paramount, MTV, CBS, and VH1, recorded a 40 percent decline in DVD sales. I attribute this to Netflix because this website has amassed more memberships than Hollywood Videos and Blockbuster combined.
There is an easy component that DVD rentals lack. Most people would rather not get in their gas-guzzling cars and drive to Blockbuster, only to forget about the rented DVD, and return it a week later with a massive amount of fines. Nah, plugging in your Xbox, which Netflix users can use as an instant-watch device, or plugging your laptop into the TV, does not accrue unnecessary fines. This is when the addiction begins, when Netflix enthusiasts realize there’s no reason to go outside.
I’ve noticed that Netflix Instant Watch is being enjoyed not only by people paying for a Netflix account, but by people who receive the password to Netflix instant watch online from their friends’ parents’ account. The next step in becoming a Netflix recluse is to always stay signed into Netflix by clicking the save password in the browser options. Then one can enjoy free movies on Instant Watch all of the time. I am guilty of this, but I’m not the only guilty college student with wide eyes in the dark and laptop cuddled in bed.
Andy Dudash, a senior at St. Michael’s, admits to giving his email and password for Netflix Instant Watch to grateful friends. There is no limit to how many computers you can have signed on to a Netflix account; therefore, life is gravy.
Sasha Gemis, a junior at St. Michael’s, is an advocate for Netflix: “I mean, I watch it every day, it’s, like, a problem. I lie in bed for 12 hours every day watching ‘Skins’ or ‘Nip/Tuck’ and I’m upset that the main character, Freddie, from ‘Skins’ was brutally bludgeoned to death.”
Samm Saraniti, a junior and a long time Netflix addict, admits that “Netflix completes me.”
I have to rat out one more Netflix user/abuser, my father. And I can now say, “Like father, like daughter.” He recently nabbed his brother’s password to Netflix Instant Watch; however, he is far deeper than me in his addiction because he now has it on the home computer and his iPhone (for usage at work).