Are you among the 60% of UK television viewers who admit to a Television Tryst behind your partner's back?
A survey of Netflix customers found that the freedom to watch what we want, when we want can be a romantic minefield. Netflix has 36 million members in 40 countries so the pool of people is obviously there.
Six in ten of us in the UK admitted to 'cheating' on partners by watching extra episodes of series without their significant other. Another 20% actually fallen out with a partner over such "Netflix infidelity." With Arrested Development Season 4, arriving 'streaming only' on Netflix this weekend, Netflix members will be facing increased temptation to play away.
At $8 a month, it's still much cheaper than real infidelity, which could cost you 50% of your assets.
"We give our members the power to watch what they want, when they want. But as Spiderman says - 'with great power comes great responsibility,'" said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. "Netflix can't be held responsible for any trust issues, lovers' spats, housemate quarrels or marital troubles that arise from watching ahead. We also will not cover any therapy sessions. As always, we advise to Watch Responsibly."
With the rise of OTT (over the top) viewing and of streaming services like Netflix there has been a move away from "appointment viewing" and scheduled TV. 25% of couples now admit to being seduced into secretly watching a film or TV episode alone, only to watch it again with a partner without disclosing they have seen it.
Netflix doesn't seem all that concerned about the trust issues they create. They brag about it in their marketing:
This survey was conducted between April 24th and April 25th, 2013 amongst 2000 UK adults in a co-habiting relationship.