All I want for Christmas is a length-based search option on Netflix

December 24, 2020 by No Comments

Jingle bells, snow, and all that jazz. It’s the holiday season, which only means one thing: binge-watching.

As we snuggle up on our trusty ol’ couch and fire up Netflix to drown out the voices of our beloved family, we’re yet again faced with a question that’s plagued us since the dawn of human existence: what the hell should I watch?

Searching for the right content, the perfect piece of wondrous cinema for this exact occasion is a tricky endeavor, no matter how good Netflix’s recommendations have become. Also, the thing about recommendations is that we know they only scratch the surface of Netflix’s vast archives. So we’re always left wondering whether there might be something better to watch ‘in the back.’

Of course, Netflix knows this, so it’s lovingly provided us with a few different options — such as only browsing through TV shows or movies and searching by titles, genre, and people. Surely that’s enough to make us all happy and not throw a fit over inconsequential app features?


This holiday season we deserve something better, so I’m pleading on behalf of all humankind: please Netflix, please give us a length-based search option!

The conundrum

You and I both know why a search option for how long it takes to watch the content is so important, but let me lay out the situation for the stuffy Netflix execs reading this.

Most of Netflix’s recommendation tricks — autoplaying, top trending, etc. — seem to revolve around getting us to start watching as fast as humanly possible to fight today’s viewer’s staunchest foe: FOMO.

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