Sometime around midnight on Thursday, season 4 of House of Cards found its way onto Netflix. Rejoicing fans couldn’t wait to see what kind of shenanigans Francis Underwood and company get into next. Neve Campbell is back on television, and that’s super awesome—but the show’s return poses a grave threat to society at large.
Because of the way Netflix premieres their programs all at once instead of on a week-to-week basis (like Friends—remember?), people are canceling their weekend plans to marathon HoC. This is something the streaming content provider needs to be more aware of if they want the American economy to thrive. To remain the world’s superpower, our citizens need to be spending tons cash on weekends. Unfortunately, these binge-watchers could care less about their country’s financial stability.
A woman who would’ve spent at least $2,000 this weekend, easy.
Not only will she not be spending money this weekend, but she made sure her boyfriend won’t either.
— Em-Ly (@EJWinkler16) March 4, 2016
This dude was supposed to fly to Las Vegas today.
Season 4 of House Of Cards is out. All plans for the weekend are cancelled
— Ricky (@kingpavey) March 4, 2016
This guy was supposed to be at his best friend’s bachelor party—also in Las Vegas.
House of Cards new season out on Netflix. All weekend plans are now cancelled.
— Joey (@SoManyWays2Joey) March 4, 2016
This woman was going to buy a new sofa on Sunday. Oh well.
Wait … what … it's #HouseOfCards time? All weekend plans are officially cancelled, you can find me on my sofa.
— kristina (@thelastnameleft) March 4, 2016
Dude is a billionaire. Just imagine the dough he could’ve dropped.
And then the clouds opened up, and God dropped House of Cards season 4 on Netflix. And it was good. And now my weekend plans are cancelled
— Stephen Michaels (@stephenmichaels) March 4, 2016
A woman whose trust fund just kicked in.
These are just a few examples of an epidemic spreading rapidly through society. Watching House of Cards in the span of a week or longer may be difficult, but it will be better for our economy in the long run. Think about that the next time you want to binge-watch something on a weekend instead of going on a shopping spree.
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