via Johan L on Flickr

via Johan L on Flickr

When it  comes to watching Netflix as a couple, we usually don’t. I binge ahead when I find a series I love. I don’t wait for my wife. I’m not sorry. She’s not sorry either.

I crushed Making a Murderer over the Christmas break while my wife busted out Jessica Jones.

Oh, sure, we’ll “try” to watch shows and series together, but I have a nasty habit of falling asleep while we cozy up the iPad for a show before bed. My wife doesn’t wait up for me.

It happened on Jessica Jones. I crashed 20 minutes into the first one, she didn’t wait up, got hooked and worked it without me.

The next day, hopelessly behind, I flipped over to Making A Murderer, and didn’t wait for her.

Having separate profiles on Netflix actually encourages this selfish behaviour for me, for her, and for our kids.

But once we find that show we love? We share it with each other. We add it to our ‘lists’ and then we binge it right behind the other one to catch up, always sure to ask “what episode are you on?” before blowing any spoilers.

Netflix commissioned a survey of millennial members to see how using the service is a barometer of their relationship, and discovered it is more than just #NetflixAndChill.

Here’s how it breaks down:Netflix Love Infographic

Courting

  • Dating Profiles 101. 53% have added TV shows or specific movie genres to their dating profile to attract a potential suitor, so it’s probably no coincidence that 77% of members discussed movies and TV shows to break the ice on a first date.
  • Showgoggles. It’s a thing. More than a quarter of respondents (56%) admit to finding someone more attractive based on the shows and movies they watched. According to our survey, the most attractive genre of shows and movies in a potential partner are action thrillers (56%), documentaries (53%) and dramas (53%).

Getting serious

  • A Modern Showmance. Show-compatibility is important in relationships. In fact, 42% have or would ask someone out based solely on show-compatibility, and 73% of members have actually agreed to go on a date because the person had similar tastes in show and movies.
  • Netflix Official. One in three of respondents feel that sharing their Netflix account is a big step toward a “serious” relationship.

In it for the long haul

  • Staying in is the New Date Night.  Six in ten (58%) respondents in a relationship say they prefer to stay in and watch Netflix for date night. Most (77%) say they watch Netflix together because they like spending time together without leaving the house, while seven in ten (68%)  say shows are more fun when watched together, and 58% enjoy having someone to talk with about the show – the ultimate bonding experience!
  • Showgotiation. When it comes to date night, most people (71%) say they negotiate with their spouse when deciding which shows to watch. Nearly half (47%) say that they use the “show for show” tactic. To avoid confrontation, choose one you both like! While romantic comedies are the top choice for couples to watch together (56%), action thrillers follow as a close second (54%).

So while my wife and I are “Netflix Official,” we don’t necessarily fit some of the categories. We rock our personal profiles, head out and explore on our own, and then share our finds with the other person to watch on their own time.

Sometimes we agree, sometimes we don’t, so often we lie together in bed with our separate iPads and bluetooth headphones on, she catching up on Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt while I delve into Beasts of No Nation.

It’s okay. When you’re Netflix Official, you’re comfortable being selfish AND sharing, you’ve hit that sweetspo when #NetflixAndChill actually means “relax and watch a show together.”

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team.

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