Three people have been treated for “binge watching addiction” to television box sets in the first reported cases of their kind in Britain, The Telegraph can reveal. The patients sought help at a Harley Street clinic after admitting that Netflix and other on-demand television services had taken over their lives. One man aged 35 admitted his job had been put at risk by his compulsion to watch crime shows for up to seven hours every day. Each sufferer was offered counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy to conquer their obsession with box sets. Last night, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy said it was aware of the problem and urged other sufferers to seek treatment. Viewing habits are increasingly dominated by on-demand streaming services, the popularity of which led Netflix to claim 34 Golden Globe nominations at last night’s awards, including four for its British series The Crown.
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