I’ve been saying I’m “well-Netflixed” for a while now and I have yet to encounter anyone who needs me to explain what I mean. But I’ll still explain it for those of you who have been living under a rock. People ages 17 to maybe late 20s-ish talk about Netflix shows far more than books. We’ll go back and forth:

“Have you seen this?”

“Have you seen that?”

“Don’t spoil that for me.”

“I binged the fuck out of that.”

It is very much a thing to have seen enough great series to make references and literally bond with someone over. It’s no longer a chapter of a book before bed, it’s an episode (or 4) of Netflix before bed.

I would consider myself well-read for being 24 and since the Hunger Games trilogy, I’ve only read 7 or 8 books cover to cover.

Since about the same time, once I first got a Netflix account to use from a girl down the hall freshman year at Cuse, I’ve seen every episode of: Breaking Bad, Dexter, Bloodline, Peaky Blinders, Ozark, House of Cards, How I Met Your Mother, Game of Thrones (HBO), Parks & Rec, the Office (x10), Friends, and Black Mirror. I’m probably forgetting about a few as well.

Just like books, every show teaches you something. Dramas show you worlds that you’ve never even considered or knew existed. Even comedies can open your mind to a different kind of humor. Books used to be our best casual gateway to new ideas but that time has all but passed.

I’ve asked about Netflix shows and Game of Thrones on my last 3 first dates for sure. It’s an easy conversation starter, and could uncover a common obsession with The Office that will undoubtedly lead to a back and forth comprised solely of Michael Scott quotes.

Publications all over the internet has blamed millennials for “killing” things from marriage to napkins to gyms. Old men yelling at clouds will also be mad at us 20-somethings for opting out on things they grew up with, but it will be a waste of time. Why wait through commercials on cable TV, or conjure up the focus to read when you can flip on Netflix and proceed to melt in your bed for 6 hours? But I digress.

Personally, I like reading a physical book and I do my best to keep up with it to limit my screen time. But I can’t fault anyone who will only read on the beach or somewhere that the internet isn’t available. On demand shows require less effort, are more entertaining, and more mainstream than any book out there. I’m not saying it’s a good thing, but it’s an undeniable trend.

Netflix and all streaming services are here to stay, and I’m happy about it. The content they push out is far better than what cable TV stations were doing when TV was the only way to watch shows. I’ll also say that books will stick around to a certain degree. E-readers can appeal to a younger audience and hopefully the education system continues to teach through literature and can generate interest in those young pups who never knew the world before Netflix.

Just clearing the air here but 2 questions for you:

How well-read are you? 1-10

How well-Netflixed are you? 1-10