High school students generally learn how to cut corners on assignments in order to be able to go to that party or football game. Since neither are accessible to us right now, we have streaming devices to count on for the extra time on our hands. As quarantine has gone on, I know I’ve watched […]
High school students generally learn how to cut corners on assignments in order to be able to go to that party or football game. Since neither are accessible to us right now, we have streaming devices to count on for the extra time on our hands. As quarantine has gone on, I know I’ve watched a lot more Netflix and Disney Plus then I ever thought I would. I was curious if anyone else was in the same boat, so I talked to a few students and teachers about their binge-watching habits throughout 2020.
Everyone’s screen time has more or less increased since the start of quarantine — I know mine has!
“I don’t do anything but watch TV or go on my phone,” Gia Stark (‘22) says. “I have 13 hours of screen time on my phone, but that’s only because I have literally nothing else to do. That’s still not a good excuse though.”
Although most of our screen time has drastically gone up, for some, it has stayed the same or even gone down.
“I’ve honestly probably been getting out the same amount of even more,” Aman Gupta (’23) says. “I much rather spend time with friends than just sit and watch a show if I’m bored.”
Over quarantine, Disney promoted their streaming application, Disney Plus, by giving free memberships. But once the country partially reopened up, they went back to the monthly fees.
“We had the free trial for Disney Plus, and we started watching The Mandalorian,” Mr. Levasseur says. “Now that its over, we still want to watch it, so I guess I’m now going to pay the $6.99 a month.”
Many of us have Netlix, Hulu, Disney Plus, YouTube, ESPN, or some streaming app on our iPads or phones. For Mr. Levasseur, teaching, grading, and planning classes takes up time, so he does not usually watch anything on his iPad or phone.
“I watch all of my shows on my TV. I don’t do a lot of streaming on my iPad or phone, so when I watch it, it has to be a time where I and sit down and fully watch it.”
Prioritizing school has gotten so much harder with being home all day everyday for me. I find myself getting distracted by TikTok, Netflix, and Snapchat many times a day in the middle of a math assignment that is due in 15 minutes.
“I’ve definitely been prioritizing my TV over school, but I guess I get by,” Avery Dana (’21) says. “Netflix sure does stop me from getting all A’s though.”
I know the feeling of rushing my schoolwork only in order to be able to watch Grey’s Anatomy for the rest of the night. I also have tried to get the easy way out of assignments just so I can spend my time doing nothing other then sit on my couch.
“I feel like I’ve gotten a lot more lazy and I’m just doing the bare minimum now,” Gia tells me.
Some of the shows the interviewees have been watching and recommended are The Mandalorian, All American, Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelorette, The Society, New Girl, The Good Doctor, Dexter, Criminal Minds, and Kim’s Convenience.
Quarantine gives us so many new opportunities to get outside and be active. On the contrary, it also gives us opportunities to stay in bed all day, procrastinate, and be couch potatoes. We have to learn how to manage our studious lives, social lives, and the time we spend at home. The key to time management is getting your priories straight, planning your days, and not getting distracted by everything you see. Sometimes skipping that one episode of Grey’s Anatomy or The Office is critical in order to get a good grade on the essay due tomorrow at 8:00 AM.