Close Email, Open Netflix. How TV Replaced the Commute as a Workday Wind-Down.

SAMANTHA LEFAVE used to walk home from her office in downtown Denver every day. For those 20 minutes, the 31-year-old content marketer was unavailable on email. Often, she’d put on headphones and pull up music or a podcast to ensure her mind didn’t wander to thoughts of deadlines.

When the pandemic took hold, however, Ms. Lefave’s “commute” shrank to the distance between her home office and the sofa. In search of a stress-relief alternative, she now streams an episode or two of “Survivor” once her workday is done. “TV has become the signal that it’s time to relax,” she said, adding that she doesn’t even walk her dogs until the Tribal Council renders a verdict.

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