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Man Checks into Rehab with Netflix Addiction

Everyone can admit that they've occasionally overindulged in watching Netflix and either stayed up too late or canceled plans to watch their favorite show. But one man's taken that to a whole new level.

A 26-year-old man in India has entered a "digital rehab" for his Netflix addiction. The man says he would spend seven hours or more per day watching Netflix, which led to eye strain, exhaustion and erratic sleeping patterns. The man checked into a clinic at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience, which deals with your usual drug addictions as well as technological addictions, such as playing video games or social media.

The doctors say the man, who was unemployed, watched Netflix as a way to escape reality. When his family pressured him to get a job or he saw his friends earning better money than himself, he would log onto Netflix to forget about those things.

"It was a method of escapism. He could forget about his problems, and he derived immense pleasure from it," one of his doctors said.

The man said it was so bad, he would literally turn on Netflix the moment he woke up every morning.

According toe Netflix, the average viewer spends about 50 minutes per day watching the streaming service.

There is no information about what shows the man would watch, but if we'd guess based on our own Netflix habits, he was probably just re-watching The Office over and over again.

(h/t Daily Mail)


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