Netflix adultery is apparently a real problem, and it’s affecting a lot of people.
For those unfamiliar with the term, Netflix adultery occurs when a person watches episodes ahead of his or her partner. If you’re watching The Walking Dead with your significant other and you decide to skip ahead without them, then you are essentially guilty of cheating. Shame on you.
According to a study conducted by Netflix, nearly 12 percent of the 2,000 adults surveyed said they had watched episodes without the other person around. Ten percent admitted to being the victim of such a dastardly crime.
The study also revealed that 66 percent of the cheaters watched these episodes on the couple’s primary television. Another 21 percent said they often skipped ahead while their partner was sound asleep in the same bed. Of those in relationships, around 51 percent said they would consider moving forward without their significant other.
Even if you haven’t cheated on someone with Netflix, there’s still a possibility that you might. Seventy-five percent of guys between the ages of 18 and 34 said they would skip ahead. However, 57 percent of women in the same age group said they would watch episodes without their significant other.
Should you decide to commit Netflix adultery, there are several options currently available to you. For example, you can refrain from revealing spoilers (41 percent), fake your reactions while re-watching episodes (12 percent), or simply confess to being a TV cheater (14 percent). The choice is yours.
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said the availability of TV shows through the service has created a phenomenon the company is calling “stream cheating.” However, Netflix isn’t going to accept any blame for any problems this may cause in your relationship.
“Netflix can’t be held responsible for any trust issues, lovers’ spats, or marital troubles that arise from watching ahead of your partner. We also will not cover any therapy sessions. As always, we advise to Watch Responsibly,” Sarandos explained.
Are you guilty of Netflix adultery? Would you admit to your significant other that you had jumped ahead?
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