As a species devastated by first-world problems, the latest act of inexcusable deceit is something that’s recently become recognized as “Netflix cheating,” which Netflix itself describes as “watching a TV show ahead of your significant other.” According to a press release issued by the company, this ridiculous offense was first discovered in 2013 and, according to the streaming service, has since tripled, becoming a common behavior around the world as nearly half of streaming couples have copped to cheating. If you wish to learn more about the abhorrent behavior currently taking the world by storm, or happen to be skeptical that your own partner may be straying, these are the most valuable clues of cheating, as provided by Netflix.
WHAT CHEATERS WATCH
According to Netflix, the most tempting shows to cheat on your spouse are The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, American Horror Story, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, and Stranger Things. These shows are ranked; these are the one most likely to file under the revealing “Continue Watching” tab. First, Narcos, followed by Stranger Things, Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards and Black Mirror.
WHY (AND HOW) DO WE CHEAT?
According to the survey, 80 percent of cheating is unplanned, with one in four cheaters confessing they act when their partner falls asleep. Of these disgraced sleep-cheaters, half say that it doesn’t count. What’s their excuse? Two-thirds say that “the shows are just so good we can’t stop bingeing.” And, as is custom among cheaters, many are doing so in secret, with results confirming that 45 percent never cop to their indiscretions.
IS IT THAT BIG OF A DEAL?
Apparently so. While the majority of us believe Netflix cheating is socially acceptable, with almost 50 percent saying it’s “not bad at all,” others, most notably in Hong Kong, believe watching ahead of your partner is worse than having an actual affair. When looked at internationally, 14 percent agree with this sentiment.
WHEN ARE YOU MOST SUSCEPTIBLE?
When does your partner find the time to cheat on you with hours of indulgent viewing? Apparently, it’s when you’re away for business, taking a majority of the chunk with 28 percent. This was followed by while you are asleep, with 25 percent, and finally, when you’re working, at 24 percent.
MARRIED MEN ARE THE WORST CULPRITS
It’s true, gentlemen: apparently we’re the weakest demographic in resisting Netflix’s seductive charms. Cheaters who were married led the pack with 56 percent, followed by daters at 20 percent, and, understandably, singles came last, as they didn’t have somebody to cheat with. As for the sexes, women were 41 percent likely to cheat, while men were 59 percent likely to do so.