For many couples, curling up on the couch together and binge-watching a show ranks pretty highly on the Best Parts Of Being A Couple Meter. You know the deal: You settle on which show to watch… you make a pact not to watch episodes without the other… you have this whole shared experience together…
It starts off innocently enough. One of you falls asleep, and Netflix, that wicked seductress she is, asks:
Are you still watching?
And you can’t resist. You look over at your partner, passed out cold, snoring, blissfully unaware that you’re watching House of Cards without them. They’ll never know, you tell yourself. They won’t get mad. Oh, but they will.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Netflix has released a report on the streaming infidelity phenomenon, also known as “Netflix cheating”. (FYI: It still applies if you’re watching on Hulu or some other platform – there’s no getting around this one.)
These statistics are kind of shocking. I am particularly shocked by the percentage of people who think that skipping ahead and watching the next episode of Orange Is The New Black is worse than diddling the nanny, but I digress. Also, would anyone else be super into an episode of, say, Dr. Phil or The Jerry Springer Show where the guests have had “verbal arguments” with each other over Netflix cheating? Anyone? Is this thing on?
My husband, Mr. Seeking Ambition, and I do not have particularly similar tastes in television – this has made the binge-watching pact difficult for us beyond Jeopardy!. However, I am very proud to say that this Trekkie experienced every episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise with my man by my side, and I never skipped ahead ONCE. More importantly, he never threw up his hands and said “To hell with this!” (I’m the nerd in this relationship, so I was
probably definitely enjoying the shared experience more than he was!)
That, people, is love.
And if you DO get busted for Netflix cheating, they have some advice for you:
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be yodeling ♫ HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO BINGE WITHOUT YOUUUUU ♫ for at least the next three to four days.