Binge TV recall failure
BINGE-watching TV shows may be a modern-day guilty pleasure but the first study of its kind suggests it makes them less enjoyable and more forgettable.
The University of Melbourne study found that despite having excellent short-term memory of the program, binge-watchers were worse at recalling the information in the long term.
Lead author Jared Horvath said he was surprised bingewatchers did not enjoy the program as much as others and found their long-term memory of information akin to students who crammed for exams.
“They had a really sharp forgetting curve,” Dr Horvath said.
He says the definition of bingewatching is changing and could be anywhere from three to five hours plus of straight viewing.
The study involved 51 students who watched one season of British spy thriller The
Game at varied schedules. Dr Horvath was inspired to undertake the study after noticing fewer university students attended lectures if they were recorded and published online, and would binge-watch them before exams.