Scientists have determined that binge-watching TV shows might actually make them less enjoyable.

Researchers discovered that watching too many episodes of a programme in one go led to "significantly less enjoyment" than if they were viewed on a weekly basis.

It could also affect how well you remember what happened, as binge-watchers are more likely to forget the show's content quicker than weekly viewers.

Writing in the journal First Monday, the team from the University of Melbourne said: "Binge-watching via video on-demand services is now considered the 'normal' way to consume television programmes.

"In fact, recent surveys suggest upward of 80% of consumers prefer and indulge in binge-watching behaviour.

"Although it is a preferred viewing style catered to by many internet-based on-demand distribution companies, binge-watching does not appear to benefit sustained memory of viewed content and may affect show enjoyment."

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The study involved 51 graduate and undergraduate students from the university, who were asked to watch the six, one-hour episodes of BBC America's cold war drama The Game.

They were put into one of three groups - the weekly viewers, the daily viewers and the binge-watchers - and given separate booths in which to watch the show.

During the episodes, the participants had to press the space bar on a keyboard every time a character lit a cigarette or poured a drink, to prove they were concentrating.

After the final episode they were asked to fill in a questionnaire, followed by a second one 24 hours later, then again twice a week until 140 days had passed.

Questions included: 'In episode five, who was framed for the Parliament bombing?'

The research found that the binge-watchers remembered most about the content the day after they had finished watching, but showed the steepest decline of any of the groups over the following 140 days.

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Weekly viewers remembered least after 24 hours, but were able to retain the information for longest, while also enjoying the show more than any of the others.

The scientists wrote: "Participants in the binge-watching condition reported significantly less show enjoyment than participants in the daily or weekly viewing conditions."

They added: "Despite its position as the preferred viewing schedule amongst modern television consumers, binge-watching may affect both sustained memory and... reported show enjoyment levels."