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Binge-watching consists of watching a whole season of a television series or a large number of episodes during a single viewing session. It may also refer to the intense viewing of multiple movies or television programs. The term was coined from the expression binge drinking, meaning an excessive consumption of alcohol throughout a very short period of time. As a new phenomenon, binge-watching can be linked to the evolution of both the television networks’ offer and the consumers’ habits. If this phenomenon can be observed in the general population, it concerns particularly preteens, teenagers, and young adults who have more free time at their disposal than the active population. Moreover, the phenomenon draws legal, social, and health issues. This entry examines new patterns in programming, ...

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