Netflix Cheating: Are you Guilty of Steaming without your Partner?

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Are you guilty of sneaking in an episode of your favorite binge-watched series without waiting for your partner to watch it with you? If you answered yes, don’t worry, you are not alone.

According to Netflix, this type of cheating is on the rise. Netflix cheating has tripled since 2013. According to company data, 48% of binge-watching couples in the U.S. include at least one partner who has “cheated” on the other. On the positive side, 80% of the cheaters say the cheating was “unplanned” – no premeditated cheating here.

Almost two-thirds of the cheaters in the US claimed they were not able to wait for their partner “due to an uncontrollable desire to find out what’s next”. With shows as juicy as “Orange is the New Black” and “Breaking Bad”, it is easy to understand why some people just can’t wait. Cheating most commonly occurs when the other partner is asleep or at work, but some people confess to sneaking off to another room to watch their favorite show.

How can you check if your partner is Netflix cheating on you? Log in to your shared account and check which episode is up next on the queue. If they’re ahead of the last episode you’ve watched, you know you’re been cheated on.
While Netflix cheating may sound silly and insignificant, it’s important to remember we are in the dawn of the digital age, and marital issues that didn’t exist 20 years ago are now becoming more prevalent. For example, a recent study showed “video games” are increasingly being cited as a reason for divorce.

According to Kimberly Moffit, a relationship expert and psychology doctorate, Netflix cheating. “…can represent a breach of trust, even though it seems small,” she said.

While most people don’t consider Netflix cheating to be as serious as an affair, it does betray a level of trust and can put a strain on a relationship. 22% of couples reported verbal arguments due to Netflix cheating, and 25% of people consider Netflix cheating worse than a flirty text.

So before you stream, think about how this will make your partner feel. Small breaches in trust that may seem insignificant can add up over time and put a real strain on your relationship.

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