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Kayla Hockman
Staff Writer

Netflix’s popularity is spreading like wildfire on college campuses, specifically the University of La Verne.

During an informal survey of 15, ULV students were asked their opinions on Netflix and the reasons for its popularity. The survey showed that 13 students out of 15 currently watch Netflix.

“I usually spend about four to five hours a week watching Netflix,” senior psychology major Kate Hocking said. “I use it as a way to relax between classes or to unwind at the end of the day.”

On average, University students watch around six hours per week of Netflix including television series and movies.

According to students, Netflix’s easy access and catalog of more than 1,000 shows and movies brings many benefits.

The on-demand streaming provider allows students to access Netflix’s database from anywhere by having an account and a device that allows access to the Internet.

It is also convenient and gives students the opportunity to pick up where they left off watching their favorite shows and movies.

“(Netflix) has almost every season and episode of all the popular television shows that I watch,” said junior child development major Allison Steele.

“A downside is that it doesn’t have a lot of newer movies,” she said.

The convenience of Netflix presents numerous problems for students and their studies.

“Netflix definitely causes me to procrastinate on my studying,” senior business administration major George Cuarenta said.

Out of the 13 University students who watch Netflix, nine students say that the website is distracting and causes them to procrastinate studying and completing homework assignments and projects.

“I usually go to bed way later than I plan because I try to squeeze in another show and it makes me procrastinate on homework sometimes,” said junior business administration major Alexis Garza.

Based on this informal survey, television series like “Friends” and “Gossip Girl” are the most popular selections on Netflix. “Friends” was added to the catalog on Dec. 3 and has become extremely popular with students at La Verne.

“I was really excited when ‘Friends’ was added, it’s what I’ve been waiting for and I’m glad it’s finally been added,” said senior athletic training major Lindsay Gonzalez.

Documentaries and movies are also watched by students, but they are not as popular as television shows due to the outdated movie selection.

For the two students who do not watch Netflix, both said they prefer to not watch it due to not having an account and it being a distraction.

“I don’t need a Netflix account,” said senior political science major Nick Vasquez.

“I know it will help me procrastinate, which I’d rather not,” he said.

Kayla Hockman can be reached at kayla.hockman@laverne.edu.

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