There’s a growing epidemic across the streaming world and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon: Netflix cheating is on the rise.
It happens to the best of us: You start watching a show with your significant other and you’re both really into it. Then, one night, you find yourself alone in bed and the temptation to hit play on just one more episode is just too strong to resist. Suddenly you’ve been Netflix unfaithful. Better start practicing that shocked, “I can’t believe that character just did that” face or your S.O. will know about your indiscretion in no time. Here’s the good news: You’re not alone. Even Michael Bolton’s done it. (See how he apologizes in the video below.)
Netflix recently conducted a global survey of more than 30,000 couples who stream and released its findings on Monday. The new data reveals that more than 48 percent of streaming couples in the U.S. are slipping up and watching ahead of their partners. Since 2013 the number of cheaters has tripled as it has become more socially acceptable to commit streaming adultery.
What’s worse is that most say they plan to keep on cheating. Indeed, 63 percent of cheaters say they’d gladly do it more if they knew they’d get away with it, and nearly half of those who do the dirty are repeat offenders — once a Netflix cheater always a Netflix cheater.
The top five shows that tempt streaming strayers include The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, and Marvel’s Daredevil. The U.S., Brazil, and Mexico were among the countries with the most cheaters, while viewers in Netherlands, Germany, and Poland were among the most loyal.
At least the next time you flip open your computer and find your Netflix viewing history is inaccurate, you’ll know you’re among the masses. But it’s also worth keeping in mind — the couple that streams together stays together.