Online Movie Streaming Sites Weakens Family Bonding

Online movie streaming site weakens family bonding. I know I caught you by a surprise. Well, it is not necessarily in some cases but in most cases suggest the same. Let me take you from the beginning of television history;

People used to arrange social events and entertainment events for entertainment purposes. Entire society or sometimes people from long-distance used to gather to watch and enjoy those events. It was good to enjoy such things together and get to know each other and this was helping them to share great bonds and know what’s exactly happening around the world.

Then, after lots of hard work and innovation, television revolved and entertainment got place in individual’s home. I still remember people from India used to go neighbors home to watch shows because not everyone could afford the television at that time.

Time changed and now, every home started to own TV with a compact body, high resolution, and vibrant screen. Now even 3D television came home and it is fulfilling your all need for entertainment.

I am not saying it’s bad but somehow people got caged inside their own home due to this and they stopped going to their neighbor’s or friend’s place to hang out. Televisions are coming with 100s of channel and 24*7 shows holding people on their couch. The TV has log of benefits when it comes to getting up-to-date news, watching learning documentaries, entertaining movies, etc.

TV invention is great, at least the entire family was watching entertainment, new or learning shows together. They were spending time at least whenever their favorite show is airing.

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Now, most people have already migrated to the internet for their entertainment needs like social media, online video streaming, etc. Internet is good thing and it helps to answer most of our questions, provides free resources and many more. But, it is also true that it has isolated people from each other. People are dependent now – spending hours on social media interacting with people living miles away but finds no time to interact with people who are staying in next room.

People are using YouTube than any other entertainment channel and why not? It is totally free and has a verity of video content. But, still people cannot watch movies on YouTube because of its rights issue and people need to go to Cinema Theater or but DVD to watch at home. When you watch on TV, most of the time family members will join and enjoy together. (I am not considering rich people having TV in each room with cable connection. 🙂 )

Now, it is the era of online streaming of movies with high definition quality. Many companies have emerged to provide you the best experience on your all kind of devices like Mobile, Tablet, Laptop, Computer or TV. In return, you have to pay subscription fees like you used to pay for your cable company. People are preferring these online movie streaming services from NetFlix, Hot Star, etc. over normal cable subscriptions.

These online movie streaming companies have a lot of features like movies without break, on-demand, high quality, supports all devices, etc. Just google it, you will get tons of benefits.

All these are nice but the benefits which concern me more are: On-Demand streaming and Supporting multiple devices and multiple connections with one subscription.

Why online movie streaming sites could be a concern?

Netflix, HotStar or other famous online video streaming providers offer multiple simultaneous connections in one subscription based on the type of plan. It means if you have subscribed to NetFlix or other online streaming providers, then you can log in to more than one device at the same time.

It is designed to enjoy the entertainment features with the entire family where each member can have their own space on these steaming services and watch their favorite shows or movies. On-demand features restrict the time constraints which allows you to watch videos on your own time without. It supports multiple device formats like mobile, laptops, computers, smart TV, etc. therefore it’s not necessary to sit in front of the TV to watch your favorite show.

Now you know where I am going with this!!

I am trying to say that; family time is getting screwed because of such facilities however it is not the only reason because social media or internet addiction also plays a vital role in this.

Each family member prefers their own timing to watch movies or shows and they use their personal mobile or laptops/computers instead of common Television. Family members are caged in their own rooms /space and nothing to enjoy together. When we had only limited entertainment sources, we tend to enjoy together and we do something together, we interact and know what’s happening in their life, how they really are? Etc.

So, what to do?

I am not saying one should not use the online streaming services, but we should consider enjoying such services with family members and friends. Watching movies with your loved ones is strengthens bonds, promotes family togetherness and more. It is an easy and inexpensive recreational activity that you can do with your family.

Are there any other benefits of watching movies or shows together with family or loved ones? Surprisingly there are!

The following are top 6 benefits of watching movies with your family.

1. Strengthens Family Bonds

Watching movies with your loved ones is not only an enjoyable activity for everyone, but it also fosters camaraderie between family members. Spending time with your family greatly improves the emotional bonding of family members toward one another.

However, if you are planning to watch movies with your kids as well, then make sure to choose appropriate movies to reap the most benefits out of this activity.

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2. Increases Trust Among Family Members

Spending time with your family gives your other family members the idea that they can trust you more. Bonding time can help eliminate any barrier between family members.

When you watch movies together, you share a laugh together, talk about memorable scenes in the movie in future. All these help in building a strong foundation between family members. Agree or not?

3. Personality improvement in Kids

Spending time with your kids can boost good personality development in kids.

Studies also show that children who spend time with their parents on weekends score higher on tests and are more likely to graduate than those who do not. On the other hand, children who spend less time with their parents are less able to focus at school.

While watching a movie, you can teach your kids about bad and good things like cheating or stealing is bad, violence is not good, etc. which you can relate in current movie. This will help in developing good behavioral changes in future. Studies suggest that children who do not have strong bonds with their parents are more likely to be violent and delinquent.

4. Siblings Get Along More

Watching a movie together as a family gives ample opportunity for parents to bond with their kids. In turn, kids will feel loved and will feel that there is no competition between siblings, which lessens sibling rivalry.

5. Social Skills in Kids

Once your children learn that they have a close-knit family, their confidence and self-image improve. In addition, children with close-knit families are more open with their peers.

Family bonding activities such as watching movies together help children become more productive, thereby increasing their level of confidence. Therefore, it is good to spend family time after long working hours.

The social and communication skills of children are first honed at home. That is, home is where children first learn how to establish a relationship with others. Therefore, spending time with your children during weekends by watching your favorite film is a good way to foster their communication skills.

6. Helps Couple in Maintaining Strong Bond

Spending time together helps in greater bonding or attachment whether you are lovers or married couples. It has a positive effect on couples.

Spending time with your spouse results in better intimacy, better communication, and strengthened bond, and in turn strengthening your marriage. In addition, you can provide your children with a good example for their future relationships.

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I hope my article makes sense now and you are related what I’m trying to explain here. I am neither here to list the drawbacks of online streaming services nor trying to say this is the only factor affecting family life. But, everyone should spend quality family time every day irrespective of how busy you are with digital world. Digital services are made to benefit us in our day to day life but it should be used with responsibility.

Apart from all of these, when family members spend time together, they take care of each other. They know what’s happening in everyone’s life and what problem do they have? They help each other and build strong bonding that lasts forever. Agree? Let me know what you feel about this in the comment section on this post.


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