I Think Netflix Taught Me More Than Highschool Ever Did

By: Naira Mostafa

From all the nights I have spent in my teenage-decorated room with boxes of takeout messily scattered on my bed and a borrowed Netflix account that I seemed to use more frequently than the actual owner, I have learnt a plausible amount of lessons. In all honesty, I sincerely believe my experiences with actual people did not nurture me the way the TV shows and movies that I spent countless hours watching did.

I don’t think I realized how much of an introvert I was until I made a list of all the TV shows I watched in the span of just a few months. Surely, if you count the hours up you would immediately come to the conclusion that Netflix was officially my only best friend at some point.

However, don’t twist it, I had my fair share of friends. Some of these friends were just as introverted as I was and some weren’t. I bonded with some over our shared intense love of fictional characters. Others showed me how to have fun in the real world which I really appreciated because I often got too caught up in this other practically nonexistent world. Still, it was always nice to be in my own head and imagine that some day in the future I might live a life similar to one of my favorite characters.

Maybe, I thought, I would have a daughter and be a quirky fun mother like Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. Or maybe I could become a badass lawyer like Analisse Keating from How to Get Away With Murder. How about an accomplished writer like Aria Montgomery from Pretty Little Liars or a successful politician like Spencer Hastings from that same show? The possibilities seemed endless. All these characters inspired a sudden desire to look into more than a handful of lifestyles and careers that would have never appealed to me had I never watched the shows. I even considered waitressing one summer courtesy to Rachel Greene from Friends.

Despite my mother’s constant complaints about my lack of productivity during my late teens, I can assure you that the time I spent watching these shows has been more educational than my entire four years of high school.

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