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I cheated on you with Netflix

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Roses are red, violets are blue, someone is Netflix cheating on you. According to a recent Netflix study, a whopping 37% of Canadian couples have Netflix cheated on their partner. The world was aghast at the Ashley Madison scandal but confessing “I cheated on you… with Netflix” is much more severe and affects innocent TV watchers globally.

You and Boo have your couple routine together. You hit up Goodlife to burn off the work week grind, grab some Thai or pizza for dinner and then settle in for the night and watch your show together. And then out of nowhere he accidentally slips with a spoiler alert and ruins the season finale of The Walking Dead (the number one most cheated show in Canada). You conclude that Boo couldn’t keep his paws off the remote and Netflix cheated on you! Do you forgive the offender and give him a second chance or do you pack his bags and kick his sorry butt out immediately? How could he do this to you?!

Walking Dead, source Netflix

According to Netflix, 76% of cheating happens on an impulse and 63% of those viewers can’t stop themselves once the ball is in motion. *I’m going out on a limb here and say  that the built in autoplay feature may have something to do with this, it feeds our TV watching addiction.* But we also don’t hold cheating against ourselves. Cheating has become socially acceptable, 57% say “it’s not bad at all.” And many are repeat offenders (45% have cheated 3 or more times). We can’t nip this nasty habit because shows are so good and we’re hooked. What else is there to do during the Canadian winter months other than Netflix and chill, even if it means compromising our morals.

Breaking Bad, source Netflix

I asked Liberty Village their opinion about this frequent slip-up. “I totally cheated watching “The Jinx” because I was so obsessed with it and didn’t want to wait! Then I watched the episodes twice with him [my boyfriend]. I totally confessed, I found it hilarious, but for some reason, he didn’t.” Another resident with a different opinion ardently stated: “my husband and I are up for a MAJOR fight if one of us ever watches ahead.”

Orange is the New Black, source Netflix

It might not come as a surprise, that we are most likely to Netflix cheat with drama 47% (hello Lady Mary’s Downton Abby scandals) while comedy gets cheated with only slightly less at 41%.

Top 10 Most Cheated Shows in Canada

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. Orange is the New Black
  4. Grey’s Anatomy
  5. Bates Motel
  6. Stranger Things
  7. Gilmore Girls
  8. House of Cards
  9. Narcos
  10. The 100

I’m no relationship expert, so I’ll let you be the judge whether “Thou shalt, not Netflix cheat on your partner” should be the 11th commandment or not. Next time you’re having a moment of weakness, pause Netflix, take a deep breath and count to 10 and ask yourself if this will help or hurt your relationship. Maybe it’s time to visit one of the lending libraries in Liberty with an old fashioned book, meditate or make a gratitude list. Just think twice before watching another episode without your SO!

Kelty Campbell

Kelty is a marketing guru and glass half full type of gal. When she’s not at work, you'll find Kelty on her yoga mat or lacing up to reach a new personal best running. Passionate about people, health & wellness, and checking off her Toronto taco bucket list. Kelty is proud to call the 416 home and loves all things Canadiana.