Bonding rituals like going on romantic dates and travel adventures help keep a relationship strong. Watching a show on Netflix or another streaming service counts, too, especially when it’s just too cold to venture outdoors. But should this act be regarded as sacred? According to Netflix, streaming cheating is a real thing—and it’s on the rise. “Netflix cheating was first uncovered in a study in the U.S. in 2013,” the company wrote in a report on the topic released earlier today. “Four years later, cheating has increased three times and has become a common behavior around the world.” Ooof, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Netflix recently conducted a survey of over 30,000 couples across the world and found that 46% of streaming couples cheat by watching the show ahead of their partner, even when they’ve agreed not to. Almost half of those who cheat don’t confess to cheating, instead pretending that they haven’t seen the episode when they re-watch it with their partner. And 60% of cheaters say they’d do it more often if they felt they could get away with it! Here are some of the shocking—and admittedly hilarious—results of Netflix’s study.
If you’re trying to figure out what to watch next, the study can tip you off on what shows are tempting couples to Netflix-cheat the most. The Walking Dead, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, and Stranger Things are among the most undeniably alluring shows available right now. Just don’t fall asleep while you binge-watch the first few episodes. According to Netflix, 25% of cheating happens when one partner falls asleep!