Cinema or Netflix and chill?

When I found out we had to go to the movies for this weeks blog topic, I was really excited. I texted all of my friends asking them to come to the movies with me. Most of their responses were “sorry I’m too poor”. I realised my friends and I all have unhealthy online shopping habits and would rather pay $20 in shipping expenses rather than on a movie ticket. Considering i’m a broke uni student and have a subscription to Netflix, staying in and watching movies online seemed like a much better idea, and my bank account thanked me for it.

Along with the lack of money I have at this point in time, another reason as to why I never end up going out to the movies is because 1. I can’t stand people behind me in the movies talking or crunching on popcorn and 2. My bed is way more comfier than the seats in the cinema.

Torsten Hagerstrand, a Swedish geographer established 3 constraints in relation to time geography:

  1. Capability constraints: Can I get there?
  2. Coupling constraints: Can I get there on time?
  3. Authority constraints: Am I allowed to go there?

These 3 elements weren’t specifically designed for going to the movies, but can be related to almost any event. In regards to the capability constraint, my best friend who I would have gone to the movies with doesn’t have her drivers license, therefore I would usually drive to pick her up since she only lives a couple of suburbs away from me, and then go to the movies from there. In other words, getting there would be easy if we could actually be bothered. The coupling constraint reflects if one can get there on time. I don’t like being late to things, but when it comes to movies, I cannot stand sitting in the cinema for 30 minutes prior to the actually movie watching advertisements and 50 movie trailers that come out in like 2 years. So if I was to go to the movies, I would probably go a bit later than the time stated on the ticket so I can avoid watching unnecessary ads. Lastly, authority constraints refers to certain institutions which determine whether you can perform the activity or not. I would have been able to relate to the authority constraint more when I was 14 years old trying to get into see a MA15+ movie, but considering I am now a 20 year old mature young adult (minus mature), there are limited authoritarian constraints that affect my ability to go and see a movie.

With the rapid emergence of online streaming websites and programs to download movies illegally, I personally think that cinema attendance will decrease slightly in the next few years. Considering there are so many alternative ways to create the ‘movie experience’ in your own home, unfortunately going to the cinema isn’t as popular as it was in the previous years. The Australian Government conducted a study which displays the decrease of movie attendance in Australia’s major cities in the last 19 years. In 1996, the average number of visits to the cinema a year was approximately 11.1 and in 2014, the average was as low as 6.7, nearly 50% less.

From looking at me and my friends movie habits, 99% of them have a subscription to Netflix and 0% of them actually go and pay $20 to go to the cinema to see 1 movie, where we can quite happily lay in our own bed watching 100 movies for $8.99 a month. Looks like I won’t be rushing to the cinema any time soon.