Binge TV re­call fail­ure

The Cairns Post - - NATION -

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.

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