Is nothing, even television, sacred anymore?
A Netflix survey says just about half of U.S. binge-watchers admit to “cheating” on their significant other by jumping ahead on a show they agreed to watch together.
The reason why is both unsatisfying as it is predictable: A lack of self-control. Nearly 70% said they just needed to see what happens next.
But there’s good news, the U.S. ranks fifth on the cheating list, falling far behind Mexico and Brazil, where nearly 60% of people admit to cheating. Europe, it appears, is where you’ll find binge-watching honesty. The most faithful countries were the Netherlands, Poland and Germany.
Cheat-watching is an out-of-control phenomenon, increasing three-fold since 2013. The cheaters aren’t even bashful anymore. Nearly half of them admit to multiple offenses and 63% said they’d do it more if they could get off scot-free. Only a third keep their cheating a secret.
But it turns out couples can be forgiving. About 46% of those surveyed said cheating isn’t a big deal. However, a feisty 14% said it's worse than forgetting a birthday or anniversary. Dang.
The methods for cheating can be innocent or downright diabolical. The most common way is continuing to watch after the other falls asleep. But 16% hide in another room to do the deed, while a more dignified 14% wait until the other person goes out of town.
So what’s driving all this dishonest behavior? Dramas mostly. The top five cheat-worthy shows are: The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Marvel’s Daredevil.