A survey published today by eircom shows "bingeing" is on the rise, with 1.4 million people watching several episodes of a tv programme, back to back, in a single sitting.
With the advent of Netflix, the ability to engage in this activity has become exceptionally easy. But for those of us who fell in love with the blinking box sometime ago, the addiction is nothing new.
Television was a slow burn for me; the glittering allure of Hollywood movies got their hooks into me when 'True Detective' was just a compliment about the local guard. However, that error has been dramatically modified and I'm now a fully paid-up member of the club.
Over the years, I've noticed a few misconceptions held about those who are addicted to television and I'd like to take this opportunity to refute them:
1. We are not obese, lazy slobs, mindlessly sitting in front of the screen.
Dont get me wrong, these people exist. But I'm speaking for the genuine lovers of compelling shows. We do not give away hours of our time because we can't be bothered getting off the couch. We do it because we have found ourselves immersed in the narrative of a programme, because we choose to be delighted and challenged by the portrayal of characters and stories. It's only slightly to do with the fact we don't have to physically exert ourselves.
2. We don't only watch TV shows
This isn't a scientific fact rather a social observation of mine, but those who are devoted to a couple of excellent TV shows tend to have multiple creative interests. Speaking for myself, I feel the same passion towards books, films and fashion as I do towards some high-quality viewing. The attention each receives from me over an annual basis is fairly equal. The same can be said of my friends who share in a television addiction. Really good TV does not just happen - it's moulded and manipulated into fruition, often with a great deal of creativity and ingenuity. It stands to reason that those interested in the established arts tend to have a soft spot for TV.
3. We're not TV snobs
Like any true love, you take the sour with the sweets and often find that sour is just what you need sometimes. While I need to up my diversity in the comedy stakes, my interest in shows spans a wide-range. From the overly sentimental One Tree Hill to the indulgent deliciousness of Gossip Girl, some of my favourite television moments occured in shows that, shall we say, didn't exactly collect their awards in a wheelbarrow. But you need that balance.
4. We are not socially retarded.
In fact, I find that TV shows are best enjoyed as a community. I particularly enjoy turning someone onto a TV show they end up loving. The consumption of TV shows can happen in a vacuum and often do when we're ill or poorly and the only company we can stand are those of our favourite fictional characters, the action is best enjoyed as a shared experience. Whether that's discussing the latest plotline with online fans, the ringing laughter around the sitting room, or the double gasp from you and the other half at a particularly shocking plot twist, bingeing is made all the more enjoyable when committed as a shared activity.
The truth is, we're in a golden age of TV and have been for quite some time. Over the last two decades stations have turned out hit after hit - from dramas to comedies, documentaries and entertainment - that have converted a whole new generation to the cause.
And if you have yet to invest, allow me to encourage your bid with the following suggestions.
We all deserve a bit of a binge.
Masters of Sex
Boy Meets World
The Twilight Zone
The West Wing
Orange Is The New Black
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The X Files
American Horror Story