Do you regularly catch yourself binging – again?!
If so, you’re not alone. With the rise of digital streaming platforms, binging TV shows and podcasts has become the new normal. If you’re like me – you’re always on the lookout for a new binge-worthy show or podcast to add to your list.
What is it about media binging that makes us always so eager for more? I’m sharing my thoughts on this here, plus a few of my favorite binge-worthy podcasts. Then, I’ve got a short listening list for you from my own podcast, Gift Biz Unwrapped.
So, if you’re ready, grab your headphones, and let’s dive into an audio adventure!
The Rise of Podcast Binge-Listening
First, let’s take a look at why podcast binging might be so popular. The allure of continuous storytelling may be the biggest draw. It’s easy to become invested in characters and storylines, forming an emotional connection with the content that goes beyond just surface-level entertainment.
On top of that, just like television, podcasts can provide immersive experiences that transport you to a different world, offering a pleasant escape from everyday life.
I think the convenience and accessibility of podcasts are also major factors contributing to their popularity. Podcasts can be listened to anytime, anywhere, making it easy to listen while on the go or when doing something with your hands (like crafting!).
Finally, there may be some psychological factors at play. Studies have found that binging (food, TV shows, etc.) is associated with a heightened sense of pleasure and reward, making it an attractive option for when you want to escape from reality.
There’s also that feeling of accomplishment when you finish a series. So, you not only get enjoyment from the content itself while you’re listening, but you may also get a dopamine hit when you finish. No wonder we always want more!
What’s your take on this? Can you pinpoint exactly why binge listening is so addictive?
What Makes Binge-Worthy Podcasts?
Now let’s look at what makes certain podcasts so binge-worthy. Serial storytelling and cliffhangers are two major components that keep us hooked from episode to episode. We become invested in the characters and storylines and feel like we’re back with old friends each time a new episode is released.
The host also makes a huge difference. For me, an engaging and relatable host is the key to a series I can’t wait to hear again.
And the options! There are so many topics available now allowing you to explore and find just the right ones that speak to you. Whether you’re in the mood for comedy, true crime, or self-improvement – the choices seem endless!
My Favorite Binge-Worthy Podcasts
My favorite podcasts have changed over time. Six months ago I was loving business, true crime, and spirituality-based podcasts.
But today, my current favorite categories are true crime, health and wellness, news, and religion/spirituality.
Specifically, these are my absolute favs:
A Short Listening List From The Gift Biz Unwrapped Podcast
Then there’s my own podcast. If you’re new to me, welcome! While I’m proud of every episode I produced, of course, there are a few favorites.
This short list includes just a few of the ones I think are particularly engaging. I hope you’ll give them a try!
- Ep. 049 – Empowering Maasai Women with Katy Leakey: What a story! Entertaining, dramatic and wait until you hear about how the women are employing the men!
- Ep. 334 – An Inside Peek at Growing a Handmade Product Business with Yuliya Wolf of Wolf Leathers: An inspirational business development story I think you’ll love. And you’ll never believe where her production studio is!
- Ep. 367 – Reigniting Your Handmade Business Passion with Amy Feierman of Weed Patch Studio: Amy shares her motivational journey to find what truly lights her up and fits with her life. And demonstrates that trial and adjustment is totally OK!
Right now is the perfect time to be a podcast addict because whether you’re looking for true crime stories, self-improvement content, or something else entirely – there’s something out there for everyone.
I hope my suggested listening list will give you some ideas for your next audio adventure. Now I’d like to hear what your favorite podcasts to binge are. Let me know in the comments below.
If you’re inspired by this list, I hope you’ll give the options I’ve shared a try. I think you’ll find them as enjoyable as I do.