Netflix (and other streaming services) have become such a big part of our modern forms of entertainment and content consumption that viewers don't know what to do without it. That's not just a turn of phrase, either: modern viewers seriously lost their minds whenever access to their streaming platforms is taken away.
Case in point: Netflix (briefly) crashed last night, and that temporary unscheduled downtime was enough to send a lot of viewers into an outright existential frenzy. If you don't believe it, just scroll below to all of the ... impassioned reactions from viewers, when Netflix wasn't readily available for their consumption needs:
Anyone else having trouble logging into @netflix online?— Eyleen Nadolny (@EyleenNad) June 20, 2019
The cry went out immediately on social media, with frightened Netflixers wondering if the crash was only on their end. It was not.
It didn't take long for Netflix viewers to go from gradual awareness of the problem, to fully freaking out about it.
Some people were genuinely anxious over the fact that Netflix crashed. First World Problemsssssss!!!
Why is #NetflixDown ?????
I... need... my.... #netflix.. please...
I'm like a junkie on withdrawal. pic.twitter.com/VMbD5uBCN1— Rama's Screen (@RamasScreen) June 20, 2019
it took netflix going down for me to realize i have a netflix dependency— Elena Nicolaou (@elenawonders) June 20, 2019
A lot of viewers have no shame in admitting that they are Netflix junkies, and crashing the service was like cutting off the crack supply. Okay, we guess...
The 'glass half full' types saw this crash as the opportunity for Netflix to upload some exciting new content - such as Dark season 2!
This was especially inconvenient/frustrating for people who get their Netflix access from the hacked emails of friends/loved ones.
Everybody going to twitter to find out what going on with Netflix 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/T9cvt35xa4— hazelnut swirl (@pyacheaa) June 20, 2019
Netflix crashing = bad for Netflix
Netflix crashing = Great for Twitter
What are you saying, Netflix? That I should sleep? Huh? Huh??? pic.twitter.com/WsgZ60ORmz— Fien Leysen (@Twinklybird) June 20, 2019
WHY IS NETFLIX DOWN? WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO? GO OUT? SEE PEOPLE?— dina (@calmeddownlover) June 20, 2019
Seriously... what *do* you do when Netflix suddenly crashes on you? Live real life??? No thanks.
No worries Netflix is back now, and here's what's streaming this weekend!