No relationship is safe. According to a new study* released by Netflix, nearly half (46%) of streaming couples around the world have “cheated” on their significant other, but it’s not what you think.
Defined as watching a TV show ahead of your significant other, Netflix cheating was first uncovered in a study in the U.S. in 2013. Four years later, cheating has increased three times and has become a common behaviour around the world. This behaviour only continues to grow with 60% of consumers saying they’d cheat more if they knew they’d get away with it. And once you cheat, you can’t stop: 81% of cheaters are repeat offenders and 44% have cheated 3+ times.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much my husband has “cheated” on me. Imagine this… A man who wakes in the early morning. Hops in the shower and leaves the home before the crack of dawn. When he gets to the train station and settles into his seat on the commuter train, she joins him. The one he solely depends on every morning and evening on his hour train ride to and from work, satisfying his need and desire to watch some of his favourite shows knowing full well his wife is at home with the children having not yet watched the episodes herself.
It’s ok – though – I can’t hold his repeat offender styles against him! I too have been known to cheat. Those early morning nursing sessions can get quite lonely. What’s even more scandalous is when I manage to watch a movie that my husband and I have been dying to see before he does. That’s right – I like to live on the edge!
In a binge-watching world where it’s easy to say ‘just one more,’ Netflix cheating has quickly become the new normal in Canada and around the world…
WHERE IS CHEATING HAPPENING? (EVERYWHERE)
Cheating happens all over the world…though it varies a bit by country. Turns out Canadians are a little less polite than you may think 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? (ALL OF THEM)
While no show is off limits to some (30%), the top 10 cheating temptations in Canada 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? (WE JUST CAN’T HELP IT)
Most don’t plan to cheat…it just happens: 76% of cheating is unplanned in Canada. The trigger for the growing trend in cheating? 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 WE CAN)
Sleep with one eye open: 25% 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.
IS CHEATING SO BAD? (DEPENDS WHERE YOU LIVE)
If you stray, don’t beat yourself up about it. Cheating has become more socially acceptable in Canada, with 57% saying it’s “not bad at all.” Unless of course, you’re the other half of the 7% of streaming couples who think watching ahead is worse than having an “actual” affair. Hong Kong is even less forgiving where 40% feel watching ahead of your partner is worse than infidelity.
HOW DO WE BREAK THE NEWS OF THIS GLOBAL TREND? (VISUALLY, OF COURSE)
Cheating comes in many forms. Netflix has created a series of assets to help explain the phenomenon. Cheating Profiles highlight the most common types of offenders lurking in households around the world. This infographic illustrates scandalous streamers’ motivations and behaviours, and reaction GIFs help couples work through their indiscretions so they can protect their relationship…or keep on cheating.