What is binge racing? Apparently, it’s the newest way people are consuming Netflix content

When Netflix came in and disrupted the TV viewing experience, new words came along with it like content, streaming, and binge watching.

Now, we have a thing called “binge racing.”

Netflix defined binge racing in a press release as "accomplishing in just 24 hours what might take others weeks or months to complete, Binge Racers take serious pride in being among the first to finish a new season. They wear the accomplishment as a badge of honor and take their bragging rights seriously among friends, family and on social media."

Basically, you start watching Stranger Things the second it drops on Netflix and you finish it before the weekend is up, unlike some of us, who casually watch one episode every night while eating dinner. That’s the OLD kind of binge watching, the kind where you watch every season of The Office over the course of one summer. Binge racing is a frantic, excited, race-to-the-finish experience.

Used in a sentence, “I couldn’t do any Black Friday shopping last year because I had to binge race all of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”

According to Netflix, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Fuller House, and The Ranch were the top three most binge raced shows in the U.S.

Fun fact: Canada binge races more shows than any other country.

We get the appeal, especially with shows that end each episode on a cliffhanger, but when you finish a show that quickly, it’s impossible to talk to anyone about it with getting this reaction:

Then again, according to Netflix, 8.4 million people worldwide are now binge racers.

But this begs a follow up: What’s it called when you have Gossip Girl playing in the background while doing chores around the house? Binge background noise-ing? Hmm…

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