At some point in our evolution—morphing from curious observers to passive watchers to hyper-consumers—binge-watching became the preferred mode for TV consumption.
Our sentient bodies were no longer tethered to couches nightly, held captive by appointment TV.
We roamed happily, accessing the most talked-about prestige dramas and zombie thrillers from our laptop screens and iPhones.
The language around the shift became so culturally pervasive that at one point the collective tenor on social media was to “Netflix and chill” with one's partner, Instagram crush, or completely alone, soothed by the nonstop churn of House of Cards or old episodes of The Office (the phrase eventually took on a second life as a meme about modern hookup culture).
We had no reason to question the slow rot inside our bodies and brains, or how our fattening consumption habits were changing the nature of conversation around TV.
The day's onslaught—say, news of something President Trump tweeted or another mass shooting—is unabating.