Here it is, as promised: another blog post! With all the stress that’s been going on in these first few weeks of the semester, I wanted to post something lighthearted that I’d worked on in the past. Enjoy!
About two years ago we met on a gray, dreary Saturday—my favorite kind of day. I was finished with whatever it was I had planned for the next few hours, and had remained at a standstill about what to do next. That’s when a very dear friend of mine introduced me to what would become my savior, my other half, my most treasured treasure: Netflix.
Well, I suppose technically we were re-introduced…
It was my mother who first brought us together a couple of years prior. She was fed up with the all of the other streaming services and television programs available; they were so demanding and impatient, forcing viewers to tune in at their beck and call. And if the newest programs were missed, they disappeared–never to be heard from again. Unbelieveable. In search of a better television provider, my mother came across Netflix. For those of you who don’t know or have yet to succumb to the program’s power due to stubborn (yet admirable) resistance (Though I seriously recommend you get on the bandwagon soon–it’s awesome!), Netflix is a television and film streaming website, enabling disgruntled TV viewers to select from a wide range of television programs and movies and watch at their own pace. It’s quite convenient, to say the least. My mother, immediately intrigued by the idea of having readily accessible television programs, agreed to try Netflix for a few weeks to decide if it would really work out. The program has now been a part of my family for about four years.
Initially I resisted Netflix’s temptation. I had better and more important things to do; I didn’t need to have all of my time consumed by some silly streaming service that would most likely betray me and disappear within a few short months when things don’t work out. I didn’t even watch TV that much anyway. That is, until that dreary Saturday.
A friend of mine suggested we watch a movie—one that only seemed to be available on Netflix. The experience was quite nice: no buffering, we were able to pause when necessary. It was like going to the movies! Only better. And in your jammies… After that day, I was a goner. At first, it started with just a couple of movies every few weeks, until the service gradually gained priority in my life. Now I (try to) watch several episode of beloved television shows everyday. Needless to say, it’s pretty serious. Though I was initially resistant in the beginning, I’ve come to immensely enjoy Netflix, and I’m here to explain why the program is better than any human relationship I currently have or could have.
For one, Netflix doesn’t talk back. Or talk at all, for that matter. As an introvert—and a very quiet one at that—I often struggle to find things to say in day to day conversation, so usually talking with me is a lot of one-sided conversations with me just listening. Though I have actually made many friends due to my ability to actively listen, there’s a substantial amount of relief that derives from not having to listen to your latest guy issue or apocalypse theory, or struggle to fill a silent void with empty “yeah”s and “mmhmm”s—a relief supplied only by Netflix. And if I do for whatever reason feel the need to drone on about my busy day or complain about the hours of homework I have yet to do, I can happily do so as much as I want, without worrying about talking too much because Netflix can’t respond (or listen). So, essentially, Netflix understands me.
To further explain, Netflix is prepared for anything in terms of emotion. If I’ve had a busy or upsetting day, the service knows just what to do. When the going gets tough, Netflix offers a comforting romantic comedy film to help me cry about—I mean work through—my troubles. Life’s going okay? My favorite television show is up and ready for viewing, queued up to the very minute of the episode I was watching when I had last used the service. How thoughtful! What kind of person has that kind of memory? Pretty hard to compete with Netflix there…
Along with this, Netflix is available whenever and wherever I need it to be. Maybe it’s three in the morning and I just can’t fall sleep. Maybe I’m at a friend’s house and we want to re-watch an old TV show that somehow neither one of us owns. Maybe I’m stuck in slow-moving traffic for an hour and clearly have nothing else to do. (Just kidding about that last example. Driving is a privilege that should be taken seriously and executed safely at all times—even in slow-moving traffic—but I digress.) The point is Netflix is always there for me no matter the circumstances. Sure there are friends who may claim to be accessible at three in the morning or available to talk when they’re living five states away, but are they really available all of the time? 24 hours, seven days each week? Netflix is, and because of that, it just may have those so-called “available” friends beat.
One final (well, not final but certainly one of the most important) aspects of Netflix is the service deeply cares about me. It takes notice of my likes and dislikes in television shows and movies, and suggests new programs to watch based on my interests. Not many people set aside the time to observe so closely just to learn about my interests. Netflix is also very considerate. It gives me a chance to collect my thoughts after finishing a movie or an episode of a television show and asks me what I thought about the program and if I’d like to watch something new. Then if I’ve been spending a substantial amount of time with the service, it will ask me if I’m still watching (which is basically the equivalent of being asked if I’m having fun). Isn’t that the sweetest?
Overall, I must say Netflix is one of the best things that has happened to me. I feel like I can truly be myself and won’t be judged, for it only cares about my well-being and happiness. Plus it’s always there. Always. I’m certainly glad my mother was introduced to Netflix all those years ago and I’m even more elated for that dreary Saturday when the same was done for me. That I was willing to try something I had previously rejected. It’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made. So much so that probably years after everyone grows tired of Netflix, I will still be there enjoying and appreciating (loving) the service just as much when I first stumbled across it. Now two years later and still growing strong. 🙂
What other friendly qualities do you find in Netflix?