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Becoming A Netflix Expert: You Can’t Miss These Tricks If You Want To Get The Most Out of It

Becoming A Netflix Expert: You Can’t Miss These Tricks If You Want To Get The Most Out of It

Netflix is a worldwide phenomenon. It’s one of the cheapest streaming services in the world and practically everyone has it. It’s a great way to catch up on old classics and some old not-so-classic films. If you plan on getting (or you already have) it, here are some essential Netflix tricks you can’t miss!

1. Make an effort to use the rating system

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    It may seem tedious to rate everything you watch on Netflix, but it’s a practice you should totally get into. Every time you rate a title, Netflix adjusts its recommendations for you. It’ll also ask you questions like how often you watch certain genres so they can even better tailor your experience to your tastes. It takes some time but after a while, Netflix will seem to just know what you like. The best Netflix experience you can give yourself is one where you rate everything. That includes low ratings for shows you don’t like. You should also be honest. You may tell your friends you like a show you really don’t, but if you do it with Netflix, it’ll give your recommendations for more shows you don’t like.

    2. Actually use the user profiles

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      Netflix allows you the ability to create profiles for multiple users and that’s a feature you should absolutely be using if you have multiple people in your household. Each person can keep their own profile and that allows everyone to rate titles, answer questions, and cater the My List to their tastes. If each person practices #1 on this list as well, everyone in your house can have a totally different Netflix experience.

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      3. Get Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb ratings (web browser only)

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        If you use the web browser version of Netflix, you can get more than one rating system by installing plugins that also show Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb ratings. What plugins you get depends on which browser you use. Netflix enhancer for Chrome seems to be highly recommended. Netflix Plus seems to work well on Firefox.

        4. Use a Chromecast to stream to your TV

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          Google’s awesome little dongle allows you stream Netflix from practically anywhere onto your television. You’ll need a Chromecast ($35) which is very cheap. From there you can get use Google Chrome on computers (with the Chromecast extension). You can also pick up the totally free Netflix app on Android or iOS. From there, it’s just a matter of playing a video and tapping the cast button to send it to your Chromecast. If you’re tired of watching on your phone or laptop, this is a cheap and effective way to get it to your TV.

          5. Find out what’s new on Netflix

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          Netflix tricks

            There are several sites and services that’ll tell you what’s new on Netflix. One is What’s New On Netflix, another is Netflix USA, and yet another is Instant Watcher. Using these resources, you can stay up to date on all the stuff that gets added to Netflix and help yourself find fun new stuff to watch!

            6. Search more intelligently

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              Simply put, Netflix search isn’t all that great unless you know exactly what you’re looking for. Thankfully, there is a resource that can help with that. If you head over to All Flicks, you can search by year, director, actor, category, and for TV shows and movies. This is also really helpful if you want to see if Netflix has a title but you’re on a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, or an Xbox One and you don’t want to use the joysticks to navigate to every single letter.

              7. Access secret Netflix streaming options

              If you’re on a computer, an Xbox 360, or a PS3, you can access a set of secret Netflix options. On a computer, you simply need to do a Shift + Alt + Left Click to access it. For Xbox 360 and PS3 owners, you need to enter the Konami Code. Your options change depending on which platform you’re on, but it’s fun to see what else you can do.

              8. Watch the whole movie or show

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              Netflix tricks

                Netflix programmers are smart people and they have programmed Netflix with the ability to tell if you’ve watched an entire movie, part of a movie, a whole episode of a TV show, the whole season, or the whole series. These have an effect on your recommendations. So if you stop watching your favorite movie 15 minutes in, you should go back and watch the rest eventually or Netflix will be less likely to recommend more movies like that one.

                9. Complete your personalization profile

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                  According to sources, only about 5% of Netflix users actually use this feature. If you go complete your personalization profile, Netflix can immediately and definitely recommend better video options for you. It’s easy to do. Just sign into Netflix on your computer, go to Personlization at the top, and fill out the questionnaire. Then prepare for better recommendations!

                  10. Go explore your account settings

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                    There are a bunch of settings that allow you to further customize your Netflix experience. Under your account settings you can turn off post-play (where Netflix automatically plays the next episode of a TV show whether or not you tell it to), change your subtitle settings, streaming settings, and a surprising number of other settings. You owe it to yourself to check it out so you can see what options you have when it comes to using Netflix.

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                    Netflix has over 50 million subscribers and we, like everyone else, expects that number to climb dramatically as we slowly transition to streaming video over conventional television. With these tips, you’ll be ahead of the curve and you’ll be able to help your friends and family when they get Netflix.

                    Featured photo credit: Netflix via netflix.com

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                    Last Updated on July 8, 2020

                    18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                    18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                    The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                    1. Understand Yourself Better

                    Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                    Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                    2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                    I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                    Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                    3. Become Aware of What Matters

                    As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                    You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                    4. Boost Creativity

                    The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                    When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                    You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                    5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                    A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                    Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                    6. Process Life Experiences

                    When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                    Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                    7. Stress Relief

                    In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                    Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                    8. Provide Direction

                    Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                    One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                    9. Solve Problems

                    Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                    Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                    When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                    10. Find Relief From Fighting

                    Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                    Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                    11. Find Meaning in Life

                    Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                    12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                    Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                    13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                    When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                    14. Let the Past Go

                    I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                    15. Allow Freedom

                    Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                    16. Enhance Your Career

                    Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                    Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                    17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                    All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                    18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                    No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                    We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                    Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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