Netflix cheating rampant (and a confession) #StreamTeam


Do you stream shows ahead of your partner? That’s Netflix cheating. And it’s more common than you might think. According to a study released this week by Netflix, 46% of streaming couples around the world have cheated on their partner, and 60% would do it again if they knew they’d get away with it. I’m ashamed to admit I’m one of them. 

My friend Barb and I agreed to watch Suits together once she caught up to me in season five, but I lost my resolve over the Christmas holidays (damn you Harvey Specter!) and watched through to the end. And I’ve felt terrible about it ever since.

(There’s a good chance Barb is reading this, and if you are Barb, I’m so sorry! In penance I haven’t watched the latest episodes and would love to watch them with you, if you’ll have me.)

Is cheating that bad? Well it depends…

Nearly 60% of Canadian Netflix cheaters say it’s not bad at all, while 7% of the cheetees say watching ahead is worse than having an “actual” affair. Compare that to Hong Kong, where 40% say watching ahead of your partner is worse than infidelity. (Eeep!)


Where is cheating happening? 

All over the damn place. ‘Tho it does vary a little by country. Canadians aren’t so polite after all, with over a third (37%) of couples streaming behind each other’s backs. The most cheaters are in Brazil and Mexico where 57% and 58% of streaming couples have cheated, respectively.

The most loyal viewers are in Netherlands (73% have not cheated), Germany (65%) and Poland (60%).

What shows are we cheating on? 

In Canada, the top 10 cheating temptations are The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, Bates Motel, Stranger Things, Gilmore Girls, House of Cards, Narcos and The 100. 


Why do we cheat? WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYYY? 

Most don’t plan to cheat, it just happens: 76% of cheating is unplanned in Canada. Two-thirds (66%) of cheaters globally said that “the shows are just so good we can’t stop bingeing.”

How do we cheat?

Any way that we can. One quarter of global cheating happens when one partner falls asleep. But whether this is even cheating is hotly debated. Half say “sleep cheating” doesn’t count (53%), but the morality of “sleep cheating” varies across the globe. Chileans think it’s no big deal, Japan sees it as unforgivable and most Canadians (61%) say sleep cheating isn’t cheating at all.

Are you a Netflix cheater? With what shows? Will you do it again? (And most importantly: Barb, will you forgive me?) 

I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and get special perks, however all opinions are my own. 

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