Are You Addicted to Netflix? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Netflix has changed, and continues to change, the television industry. The streaming service has turned binge-watching into a national pastime, produced some highly original programming, and enabled millions of people to cut the cable cord.

As Netflix is now available in 190 countries worldwide, we felt the time was right to question our readers on their Netflix usage. And if you don’t (yet) have Netflix, don’t worry, as there is also a box for you to tick. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll!

New Year, Old Geek

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last time, when we asked, “Have You Made a Tech-Related New Year’s Resolution?”

Out of a total of 64 votes, 45.3% chose No, I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions, 21.9% chose Yes, Amongst Others, 15.6% chose I Refuse to Answer This Dumb Question, 12.5% chose No, Just Other Non-Tech-Related Resolutions, and 4.7% chose Yes, My Resolutions Are All Related to Technology.

With just 64 people choosing to vote in this poll, any conclusions drawn from the results will be inconclusive at best. However, it turns out most of those who voted don’t even make new year’s resolutions, and a significant percentage of those who do didn’t make any involving technology.

A special mention must go to the 15 percent of readers who ticked the box marked, “I Refuse to Answer This Dumb Question,” thereby immediately showing themselves up as liars. With such a low number of people voting, I’ll take anyone, even liars!

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Comment of the Week

We only received two comments on the last poll, from Peter Fitzsimmons and Colonel Angus. It seems a little unnecessary to pitch these fine readers against each other, so they jointly win Comment of the Week, along with our admiration and affection.

Peter wrote:

“I have made a vow (yes vow!) to finally get off my bum and create music using my laptop. I have been toying with Soundtrap for the past few months on my Chromebook and have taken the plunge with a premium account. Using this I have promised myself to create an album’s worth of music before the end of the year.”

“I am under no illusion that this is just for my own pleasure, I won’t make it big or become famous (the occasional comment of the week on MUO is more than enough for me!), but having paid a discounted rate for full access to the site is enough to make sure I get my money’s worth. It’s only the 3rd of January as I write this, but I have got two half finished tunes already.”

“I also plan to grow a beard, but until science finds a reason to add Bluetooth to my face, that one will remain under “non-tech related” resolutions.”

Angus wrote:

“I resolve to make good use of the Fitbit my wife gave me as a Christmas present. I’m amazed at how much walking I do during the day just through my normal activities.”

We wish them both luck with their resolutions, which involve making music and keeping fit, respectively. Maybe they should combine their powers and make music designed to help others keep moving in order to get fit. After all, music is an extremely powerful tool.

Watching the Hours Tick By

And so we arrive at this week’s question, in which we ask you to be honest about how much you watch Netflix. I’m sure I’m not alone in having spent entire weekends watching Netflix, but those lazy days are rare and exceptional. We want to know what happens in an ordinary week.

You may have had Netflix for years, in which case just work out an average of your current usage. On the other hand you may have only just got Netflix, in which case tell us how much you have used it in your first week. A rough figure is good enough… we’re not expecting anyone to clock in and out.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section why you voted that way. If you have Netflix and watch it a lot, have you ever run out of interesting content? If you don’t have Netflix, why not? Is it too expensive? Not available in your country? Or simply not on your radar?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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