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Netflix cheating is on the rise

Netflix cheating is on the rise

New research* by Netflix suggests that nearly half of couples who stream programmes like The Crown and Stranger Things have cheated on their partner, by watching episodes on the sly before their partner.

It happens to the best of us: You start watching a show with your significant other and you're both really into it.

"In a binge-watching world where it's easy to say 'just one more, ' Netflix cheating has quickly become the new normal", Netflix wrote in its announcement.

Even more worrisome? A whopping 63 percent of the 30,000 couples polled said they'd commit Netflix adultery again if they thought they could get away with it. Thrillers. If you break it down by genre, 55 percent of U.S. Netflix cheaters indulge in dramas, not comedies.

Since then, the number of people who admit to not waiting for their partner has tripled.


The cheating is happening all over the world-though most of the cheaters are in Brazil and Mexico where 57%-58% of streaming couples have cheated, respectively.

Among UAE couples quizzed, comedies were the most popular shows for cheating - 52 per cent cited this as their favourite genre for sneak peeks. Even singer Michael Bolton understands Netflix cheating.

Approximately 54 percent of people surveyed said they remained loyal to their significant other and stuck to their regular watching schedule together - citing spending time together, relaxing together and making conversation as their reasons for staying faithful, Netflix said.

Though it's a wretched and hateful practice, which we all do, Netflix is leaning in to its reputation as a relationship pressure point, going so far as to release a PSA detailing just HOW to effectively Netflix Cheat on your partner. The "it" here is the specific phenomenon of one-half of a couple (or friend duo) skipping ahead in a series they were supposed to be watching with their partner.

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