Almost Half Of Netflix Streamers 'Cheat' On Their Partners, Says Study

Chances are pretty good that your partner has been unfaithful, according to a new study.

Oh, we should probably clarify: unfaithful in terms of their Netflix watching habits, an offense so prevalent and unforgivable that people have apparently started researching it.

In a study conducted by SurveyMonkey, it’s been revealed that nearly half (46 percent) of streaming couples have “cheated” on their significant other.

In Netflix terms, this means watching a TV show ahead of your significant other, when the two of you have sworn to watch it together.

The numbers only get more damning, with 60 percent of watchers saying they’d cheat more if they knew they’d get away with it.

The numbers even reflect the old adage that ‘once a cheater, always a cheater’, revealing that 81 percent of cheaters are repeat offenders and 44 percent have cheated more than three times.

The survey was conducted from Dec. 20-31 and is based on 30,267 responses from streamers in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, India, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, UAE, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, and Denmark.

As for the programs most commonly cheated with, those include 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.

Other interesting finds from the survey? While 25 percent of cheaters said they sneak a new episode when their partners are asleep, more than half believe sleep cheating doesn’t even count as real cheating.

Moreover, whether or not you should even feel guilty about cheating seems to depend on where you live. In Canada, 57 percent say it’s “not bad at all”, while in Hong Kong, 40 percent of streamers believe it’s worse than actual infidelity.

Check out the full findings from the survey – and determine for yourself if you are, in fact, worse than a serial philanderer for sneaking the next episode of Bates Motel – here.


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