Have you found yourself watching your favorite tv show or movie until early morning only to realize that it’s too late and you have an important business meeting to attend in the morning. Introducing —binge-watching, also known as streaming addiction.

Netflix and other streaming services make it simple to stay up late —just one more episode, really! —to binge-watch shows such as Stranger Things.

Recent studies show that most respondents are guilty of their streaming addiction to countless episodes of a favorite show in one sitting. But the habit can wreak havoc on mental and physical health.

Real Research launched a survey on streaming addiction to find out public opinions on this subject.


  • Survey shows that 91.09% of respondents watch streaming content
  • Movies are commonly-watched, say 22.59%
  • Two in ten (27.46%) stream the most on Sundays

The Real-life “Walking Dead” Zombie

Binge-watching may be a great way to spend your leisure time or as a form of entertainment but prolonged exposure may not sound as great as these options might sound.

Sources claim that health experts warn that because people replace time once spent exercising, socializing, and sleeping, they are increasing their risk for many serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, depression, sleep problems, and behavioral addiction to streaming services.

Accordingly, we asked our respondents if they watch online streaming content. Poll results show that 91.09% said yes, whereas 8.91% said no.

Figure 1: Nine in ten consume online streaming services

Similarly, streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney offer millions of streaming content for a subscription-based plan. Most respondents (22.59%) watch movies, followed by TV series (17.04%).

12.11% watch music videos, 11.18% watch documentaries, and 8.95% watch podcasts.

Are You Addiction to Online Streaming?

Our next survey asked how often they consume streaming content. The results are as follows: 46.51% said daily, 21.47% said often, 23.78% said sometimes, 5.64% said rarely, and 2.60% said not at all.

Figure 2: How often do you consume live content?

The next poll shows the respondents’ screen-timings.

40.79% of respondents spend half an hour, 34.12% said 1-2 hours, and 16.46% said 3-4 hours.

Weekends Are the Only Days I Watch

Results show that weekends are the most common days to consume media the most. 47.42% on weekends, compared to 52.59% on weekdays.

Is Streaming Addictive?

There is nothing wrong with sitting down to catch up on your favorite show or watching an entire season over an occasional weekend. But making it a habit and when you start to have trouble taking care of responsibilities can become a serious problem.

In our next poll, we asked our respondents if they had ever watched streaming media longer than they originally intended to. Results show that 69.77% said yes, often, and 22.64% said the same but sometimes, compared to 7.59% who said otherwise.

Is Streaming Content a Way To Escape Reality?

According to the American Psychological Association, the culture of video games has embraced live streaming services like Twitch that enable interactive online communities. Teenagers and young adults make up the majority of platform users, and they increasingly prefer online socializing to offline socializing.

When dealing with difficult life events such as relationship problems, the death of a loved one, or job loss, this shift to online behavior can be a double-edged sword.

Accordingly, the majority (15.64%) say watching content is a form of entertainment, compared to 12.50% saying it’s a form of relaxation. Additionally, 10.2% say to gain knowledge and 9.91% say, “as a hobby.”

How Do You Feel if You Are Unable to Watch Your Favorite Show?

Not all the time do we get to watch our favorite show. Sometimes life may happen and we tend to get busy. We asked our respondents, at that time, how do you feel?

13.31% said indifferent, 10.64% said relaxed, 10.42% said happy, 9.73% said disappointed, and 8.86% said sad.

Figure 3: Respondents’ reactions if they are unable to watch streaming content

Ultimately, the last poll asked respondents if they agree that people nowadays are becoming increasingly addicted to streaming content. The majority (73.57%) agree with the above statement, whereas 3.79% disagree.


Survey TitleSurvey on Streaming Addiction
DurationNovember 12 – November 19, 2022
Number of Participants20,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.