Survey: More than half of people would ‘cheat’ on partners by watching TV shows early
DENVER — More than half of people in romantic relationships are likely to cheat on their partners, a new study from Netflix found – but don’t start grilling your significant other just yet.
A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netflix revealed that 51 percent of those in a relationship would “cheat” on their partner by streaming a TV program they agreed to watch together before their partner had a chance to watch it. More specifically, more than 28 million U.S. adults (about 12 percent) confessed they had already cheated and 10 percent reported being “cheated on.”
“Netflix continues to revolutionize entertainment by letting our members watch great content whenever and wherever they want, which seems to be leading to a cultural phenomenon of ‘stream cheating’,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “With that said, Netflix can’t be held responsible for any trust issues, lovers’ spats, or marital troubles that arise from watching ahead of your partner. We also will not cover any therapy sessions. As always, we advise people to watch responsibly.”
Younger couples (26 percent ages 18-34) were more likely to have “cheated” than older couples (10 percent ages 55 and older). And while it can be said that men get a bad rap for “cheating,” the study seemed to support this, with more than three quarters (77 percent) of men 18-34 in a relationship saying they would “cheat” – a significantly higher percentage than among attached women 18-34 (57 percent).
The survey also discovered other trends, including the following:
- Among those in a relationship who would stream cheat, the highest percentage said they would be likely do so at home by themselves on the main TV (66 percent). Scandalously, 21 percent would watch in bed while their significant other was asleep and 5 percent said they would cheat in the bathroom.
- 14 percent of cheaters would feel so guilty that they would have to confess.
- 12 percent of cheaters would re-watch shows with their partner and “fake it,” pretending to have emotional reactions to scenes they had already watched.
The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netflix from April 24-26, 2013 among 2,068 U.S. adults (of whom 1,358 are married, living with a partner or dating) ages 18 and older.AlertMe