Professors Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, experts in media and psychological studies, have delved into the Netflix/TV-addiction phenomenon and have asked the question: is binge watching TV an addiction? If you're a Netflix-junky, you may not like the findings.
Analyzing and researching the watching habits of 'TV addicts,' patients reported feeling immediately relaxed when the TV came on, and continued to be, until the viewing session ended, which quickly prompted a feeling of sadness.
This Pavlov's dog-style cycle leads to prolonged binge watching sessions, because people want to feel happy, while watching television, and not be bummed out, when the TV is turned off.
The happy-to-sad TV watching cycle is compared to addiction forming drugs, like tranquilizers. TV and tranquilizers work the same way, both causing a temporary happiness, then plunging the user into a quick withdrawal and making them want more.
No one needs to tell a Netflix-junky that they have a problem, but are there any real negative consequences of watching too much TV? Well, this study's findings (and another) show that binge-watchers:
are more anxious and stressed in unstructured/unplanned situations (e.g. waiting in line)
have shorter attention spans
loss of self restraint
documented withdrawal symptoms (like increased irritability) after missing a viewing session.
Even the premier of Quebec has something to say about the wildly popular — and extremely violent — Netflix show Squid Game. Asked about his thoughts on schools banning Squid Game Halloween costumes, Premier François Legault said the move was "extreme" and "not acceptable," linking it to cancel culture.
Legault was asked the question at a press conference on Friday, following a Journal de Québec report that an elementary school in the Charlesbourg borough of Quebec City banned Squid Game Halloween costumes because they do not "correspond to the values and rules of life of the school."
"We are now in a society where soon we will no longer have the right to do anything," Legault said.
He said this is why Quebec's minister of education wrote an open letter with France's minister of education. Their joint opinion piece in Le Devoir, "The school for freedom, against obscurantism," calls acts of cancel culture "assaults on freedom of expression and civic sense."
Legault also recalled the Halloween costumes he wore when he was growing up.
"When I was young, we dressed up as witches, we dressed up as monsters. But it's not because we wanted to support witches and monsters," he said. "To me, we need to have a balance."
The activity's creator shared a preview of the game map with MTL Blog and it looks so legit that you may have you remind yourself your life's not in danger in this "non-murderous" take on Squid Game— although, the fact that he was wearing a square-marked mask and holding a bag of marbles at the time might have also had something to do with it.
The Montreal activity is being organized by Walking Brain, a geo-gaming company that runs outdoor adventure games around the city.
Walking Brain founder David Naderi told MTL Blog that during the Squid Adventure Games, players will walk between parc Mont-Royal and parc La Fontaine guided by their smartphones. Games will be played on a web-based mobile app that uses artificial intelligence, meaning players don't actually need to touch anything or enter any buildings.
"They will solve some location-based riddles, some mind puzzles, that are very similar to those of Squid Game," Naderi said.
MTL BLog's Alex Melki met up with Naderi at McGill University to get a better idea of how the games will work, which is how he ended up getting a sneak-peek of the map on camera.
Squid Game fans will notice that the map is full of imagery depicting different aspects of the show, including the "red light green light" game, the VIPs, tug-of-war and dalgona candy.
Asked his advice to potential players, Naderi said, "[They should] find someone to be teamed [up with] that's as passionate as themselves to play this game and just enjoy because we're going to separate them from the world of reality."
Teams will consist of three to four players with six rounds of different games each team must complete. If the team can't complete one of the rounds, the system will eliminate them. The activity lasts three to four hours and you need to be 18 or older to play.
Winning teams get a cash prize of up to $200, depending on how many players sign up.
Centineo may be best known for his role as Peter Kavinsky in the To All The Boys franchise. But he's apparently in Montreal to work on Netflix's forthcoming series Graymail, shooting in the city from October to February, according to ACTRA.
The actor posted a photo of a Graymail script on his Instagram story on October 18.
The owner says he's shocked by dalgona's popularity.
Courtesy of Robert Kim
Netflix'sSquid Gameis making waves around the world and Montreal is no exception. Just ask the owner of a Saint-Henri depanneur who says dalgona, a Korean candy featured on the show, is flying off the shelves.
Depanneur Chez Claude et Claudette owner Robert Kim, who was born and raised in South Korea, told MTL Blog he and his wife began making and selling the Korean treat on Saturday.
He posted that he had the "honeycomb candy" (made with sugar and baking soda) in stock on social media and, on the first day, he said he sold out within an hour.
Since then, Kim said they've been making more and more and are now up to about five dozen, which — at $1.99 per piece — sells out each day. He called the rising popularity of dalgona "shocking."
"Some people come to the store and they knew exactly [that] we had it. They come to buy these things," Kim explained.
"But [some] didn't expect that. They didn't know anything about it. When they saw this [they said], 'Wow, that's the game! From the game.'"
Courtesy of Robert Kim
Netflix describes Squid Game as a show in which "hundreds of cash-strapped contestants accept an invitation to compete in children's games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly."
Kim said he grew up playing the dalgona game showcased on the show but with "no death, obviously." And no blood or gore either.
At the shop across the street from his elementary school, he and his friends would try to trim out the shape engraved in the cookie with their hands or a needle. As a prize, he said, they could win a free dalgona from the merchant.
"We have enjoyed this game and we were sharing it. It's very happy [...] that people start knowing these cookies," he said. "I'm not BTS or anything, but I'm very proud to show people Korean culture and foods and so on."
Courtesy of Robert Kim
Kim and his family, who also have an event company, even decorated Depanneur Chez Claude et Claudette with their own Squid Game Halloween decorations.
You can see them for yourself — and try dalgona — at 4131, rue Saint-Antoine O.