From Teddi Castle:
I was talking to my husband about what to blog about for media marathoning class and he happened to mention that to him marathoning seems like an obsessive compulsive type of behavior. According to Wikipedia, the definition of obsessive compulsive is, “an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety, or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions.” Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t think of marathoning as an anxiety disorder, but I can definitely see it causing uneasiness, apprehension, fear and/or worry when the show or season is over. When I was doing my journal on marathoning the show Strike Back, I felt all of these things, yet I was compelled to continue watching and because of the parasocial relationship that I developed with one of the characters. I now feel like I have to keep watching to make sure that he is okay.
Now that I think about it, I can definitely see marathoning as an addictive behavior with some obsessive compulsive behaviors sprinkled in for good measure. The New York Times article ” How Viewers Grow Addicted To Television,” describes how some viewers turn to TV when feeling stressed and I think that is how some fall into marathoning. Marathoning can be purposeful, but I’ve marathoned some shows I never intended to marathon. The TV was on and I just happened to see something that piqued my interest and as they say, the rest is history.
It seems pretty soon, we may have a need for a marathoning support group…..Hello, my name is Teddi and I’m addicted to media marathoning.