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You May Already Be a Victim of Netflix Adultery


How well do you know that buddy/significant other/family member that you’re watching your Netflix show with? Maybe the question is… how well do you think you know them?

Because they could be cheating on you right now, by. Watching. Ahead.

Apparently, Netflix, ever looking for new ways to to understand the habits of its user base, has been studying the numbers on “Netflix adultery,” the phenomenon where one member of a show-watching partnership just can’t wait until the next Netflix night and watches ahead without their partner. Then they either fake their reactions to the plot twists they’ve already seen, or tearfully confess. From NY Mag:

Of those who cheated, 66 percent did so “at home by themselves on the main TV.” A shocking 21 percent confessed to watching in bed while their significant other slept… Forty-one percent of cheaters refrained from revealing spoilers; 12 percent would rewatch and “fake it” in their reactions; 14 percent felt so guilty they confessed to cheating.

Men ages 18-34 are more likely than women of the same to say that they’d totally cheat on their TV partner, by a margin of 20%, a fact that I assure you I take no pride in reporting, and a 51% majority of married folks said they would even commit Netflix adultery on their own spouses. Speaking as someone with a lot of close friendships spread over long distances, in a perfect world this sort of research would lead to a Netflix service that allowed you to sync your replaying with someone else’s Netflix account, remotely, so that you could both watch the same show without awkward countdowns and synced pauses, even if you can’t be in the same room that night.

The good news about all these numbers is that the actual percentage of Netflix cheaters is pretty low: 12%. However, only 10% of the folks Netflix polled said that they’d been the victims of Netflix adultery. I ask all our readers: what if that 2%… IS YOU.

(via NY Magazine.)

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  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    That 2% IS ME! My BF just can’t hold off on watching the full season of Sons of Anarchy without me.

  • Anonymous

    Netflix marks which episodes you’ve seen… how would one even get away with this? o_ô

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    <– only person left on earth who doesn't have netflix…

  • Robert Vary

    I suppose you’d only be able to fake it if the two of you had separate accounts. Maybe one of you is shelling out the $8 a month just to have a SECRET CHEATING ACCOUNT OMG.

  • http://twitter.com/Totz_the_Plaid Totz_the_Plaid

    Nope, I lack it, too. (Well, we have the DVD delivery, but not the instant video… because our internet sucks too badly for that.)

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    I stand by my assessment.

    ;)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve considered committing Netflix adultery on my husband, but he’s never in the mood….to watch Battlestar Galactica.

  • http://www.commonplacebook.com electrasteph

    I’m so guilty of this, on Netflix and the DVR both.

  • Anonymous

    “Forty-one percent of cheaters refrained from revealing spoilers”

    59% of Netflix cheaters are apparently jackholes.

  • http://twitter.com/urbansuburbia Marie

    Funny, my now-husband & I broke up years ago in the midst of watching 24 together. A few months after the breakup, I eventually picked it back up again and watched all but the last season. He refuses to watch the rest of it with me, jokingly saying I should have waited for him (as if I knew we were getting back together and getting married :-P), so it’s as if he’s bitter that I cheated.

  • http://twitter.com/urbansuburbia Marie

    I was wondering that same thing. Maybe the cheater sets it up while the other person is out of the room?

  • http://twitter.com/urbansuburbia Marie

    Whoa, that’d be premeditated! That’s some serious stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.dacyczyn Jamie M. Franklin Dacyczyn

    *sigh* I ditched Netflix after their whole price hike fiasco….but caved back in very recently in order to stream The Walking Dead.

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    Oh, phew. I thought it was gonna say they’ve been sharing our password with other people. This is more like Netflix masturbation.

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  • cloudywolf

    Any cheater worth their salt knows it takes true commitment to be a successful one!

  • http://twitter.com/Mimidraw Mimi Rice

    I’ve done this with Deep Space Nine. Well, everyone knows I’ve seen it. I’m just simultaneously watching it with three different people at various stages of the show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vlazuvius John Barrie

    My wife doesn’t watch ahead, but she will scroll up a season’s worth of plot synopsis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelvin.ortega2 Kelvin Ortega

    Well I’m glad that they’re focusing on this type of adultery…instead of how often I watch Netflix with my mistress.