Quoted in The Free Press Journal on 25th April, 2021
Understanding our patterns and reasons of watching on OTT platforms
Dr Nahid Dave, a psychiatrist at Thought Matters says that there has been a sharp uptick in the number of reality shows people have been watching. “It gives people a means of connecting to life as we used to know it, while viewing the idiosyncrasies with an outsider’s perspective and a sense of humour. Many people have also begun to binge-watch Friends re-runs, which is why the show is continuously on the Top Ten list. It helps them connect to a simpler, happier time,” she explains.
Dr Dave explains that a growing awareness about mental health in the last year has also spawned the desire in many to understand the workings of the human mind. “I have had a lot of clients reach out to me for book and movie suggestions that will help them to learn more about psychology,” she says. Many viewers are also drawn to true-crime and investigative shows for this reason, she adds. “We’ve been taught all our lives to think of right and wrong in very concrete terms. Exploring the grey areas challenges these notions and broadens our perspective,” adds Dr Dave.