Streaming services are contributing to the ever-growing amount of loneliness. It’s time technology innovated to address the problem.

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Andrew Reid is the founder and CEO of Rival Technologies.
He says that he shares the common appreciation for Netflix and the era of streaming it ushered in. But he also worries about how streaming contributes to high rates of loneliness — which, since the 1980s, has doubled in the US.
He says that the technology industry should help address the “loneliness epidemic.” That could mean creating spaces for streamers to come together, or even something that lets streamers chat together while viewing.
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Netflix is the subject of envy for many companies today. The popular streaming service posted $16 billion in revenue in 2018 and has upwards of 151 million subscribers globally. It attracts some of the most creative minds in entertainment and is known for some of today’s most buzzworthy shows and movies, including “Stranger Things,” “13 Reasons Why,” and “Breaking Bad.” It’s really no wonder Hulu, Amazon, Disney, and Apple all want a piece of the streaming pie.

As an entrepreneur and TV lover, I share everyone’s appreciation for Netflix and the streaming market it pioneered. Like many people, I can’t imagine my life without it. Catching my favorite shows — and occasionally bingeing on them — is certainly something I look forward to at the end of a busy week.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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