Darren's Notes
May 14th, 2024

Streaming Service Decision Fatigue

It's easy to assume that having more choices is better. It may be up to a certain point. But too many options can paralyze you with decision fatigue. 

I can find no better example than streaming services. I spend more time browsing the Netflix menu than actually watching anything. 

It's a struggle we all share. After 15 minutes of scrolling around, I will pick something I've already watched or leave the app frustrated, feeling like I've wasted my time.

But it doesn't end there. Most people have multiple services. I have Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and Disney. They all compete for my attention, and I often switch between them on a quest for something worthwhile. 

It's overwhelming.

The thing is, I don't even watch that much. But when I want to sit back and find something good to enjoy, I'm shocked by how difficult it is, even with five services and thousands of titles.

I have seriously considered switching back to physical media. For what I pay for these online services, I could purchase a couple of DVDs each month and be more intentional about what I watch.