High school shenanigans on TV rarely represent actual teenagehood. Often, teen shows are sexier, shinier, and far more melodramatic than what the average real-life 16-year-old experiences.
While the drama may have us continuing to binge, what keeps us truly emotionally invested is that high school-centric shows are about a time in a person's life where there certainly feels like there's a lot at stake. We're simply more vulnerable as teens — blame the hormones and lack of control.
This is why teen shows are so perfect to binge: They bring you back to a time when things were, well, intense... without actually having to revisit your days of braces, SAT prep, and angst.