It IS possible to spend the majority of your time watching Netflix, study shows

Posted by ap507 at Aug 15, 2018 10:41 AM |
Student research paper reveals that it would take 236.5 days to watch all of Netflix’s 2017 movies and documentaries

Issued by University of Leicester on 15 August 2018

Netflix is rapidly becoming the most popular source of home entertainment, with an expansive choice of movies, documentaries and TV series to keep viewers entertained for hours - but just how many hours can someone spend binge-watching the streaming service?

In a student paper, Kinnari Naik, who recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Leicester, has examined Netflix’s 2017 output, and has concluded that it would take roughly two thirds of a year, or just under 8 months, for a devoted adult Netflix viewer to watch all of last year’s newly added movies and documentaries whilst maintaining normal daily activities - such as sleeping, eating and drinking.

For the purpose of Kinnari’s hypothetical study, it was assumed the individual is an unemployed adult with unlimited internet access – their only commitment is to watch Netflix.

The study allocated time outside of viewing Netflix in order to accommodate for:

  • 2 litres of fluid per day, divided into 4 × 500 ml portions, with each drinking break given an allocation of 10 minutes.
  • Three 30 minute meal breaks.
  • 15 minutes daily assigned to bathing and washing.
  • Time for urination calculated as 7 × 5 minutes daily, with an additional 10 minute void to pass stool.
  • 7 hours allocated for sleeping.

With this in mind, on an average day, the study assumes that 610 minutes are taken up with daily activities (which equates to 10.16 hours), leaving 13.84 hours per day to watch Netflix.

The total viewing time required to watch all newly added movies and documentaries in 2017 is 3,273.17 hours, meaning it would take an individual 236.5 days to see all newly added documentaries and movies. This means that it would be possible to spend the majority of the day (58%) watching Netflix.

Kinnari’s findings were presented in a paper for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics, a peer-reviewed student journal run by the University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Science. The student-run journal is designed to give students practical experience of writing, editing, publishing and reviewing scientific papers.

Dr Cheryl Hurkett from the University of Leicester’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Science said: “An important part of being a professional scientist (as well as many other professions) is the ability to make connections between the vast quantity of information students have at their command, and being able to utilise the knowledge and techniques they have previously mastered in a new or novel context. The Interdisciplinary Research Journal module models this process, and gives students an opportunity to practise this way of thinking. The intention of this module is to allow students to experience what it’s like to be at the cutting edge of scientific research.

“The course is engaging to students and the publishing process provides them with an invaluable insight into academic publishing. It also helps students feel more confident when submitting future papers. I find it a very rewarding module to teach and I am always pleased to see my students engaging so enthusiastically with the subject. I encourage them to be as creative as possible with their subject choices as long as they can back it up with hard scientific facts, theories and calculations!”


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