There are apparently some people out there who treat movies and TV like a necessary part of life. Rather than simply not watching a show or a film, they’ll choke it down like Robitussin, skipping past parts they don’t like or even watching the film at two or three times the speed.
A TikToker recently bragged about their ability to do this, accumulating more than 106,000 likes in the process. In the text overlaying the video, they wrote, “One thing about me is I can watch a whole movie/series in 20 mins. It starts to get boring? I skip it. There’s too much talking? I skip it.”
Does this count as actually watching the whole movie or TV show? I don’t know, does flipping quickly through the pages of a novel mean you actually read it? At that rate, you could clear out a full library in a few hours. You could “watch” everything on Netflix in a matter of days. Would you enjoy it? Probably not. But could you tell other people you finally watched Netflix’s 2020 hit film Spenser Confidential? I guess, but surely you have better things to do with your time.
this is insane to me pic.twitter.com/lnFB1iouEx— yasmin (@ycsm1n) August 21, 2023
Unbelievably, numerous commenters admitted to doing the exact same thing. One described Netflix’s speed adjustment, which allows you to watch things at a faster pace, as a “life saver.” Another complained that sometimes they have to go back because “for [some] reason there was something important in that too much talking part.”
I’ve got the shortest attention span of anyone I know and even I think this is concerning— hally. album. link. bio. pls (@birdbrainmd3) August 21, 2023
Admittedly, it’s uncertain that you miss that much when you watch a lot of Netflix-created movies and shows. Their plots are so straightforward that they’re likely first on the chopping block for A.I. generation. Still, and I can’t believe this needs to be said: If you don’t like watching TV, you simply don’t have to.