Curling up with your bae to binge watch a show on Netflix has become more romantic than a candlelit dinner and roses. There's something about feeling a warm body pressed up next to yours while you vow to watch every single episode of Grace & Frankie together. You're in it to win it. All three seasons. Just you, the one you love, Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin.
In fact, Netflix has integrated itself so thoroughly into the modern day mating process that the term "Netflix and chill" has entered our lexicon. Some animals rely on primal growls to let their potential mate they're DTF. The human animal, on the other hand, just says, "Netflix and chill?" as an official mating call.
But if you're binge watching a show with your bae, it might be putting more wear and tear on your relationship than you think. And no, it's not because you start fighting over whether or not episode 7 of Stranger Things was good. This goes far deeper than that, although not by much. Here are some of the ways Netflix and chill could lead to some icy behavior.
When you're binging a show with your bae, you two have to watch it together. That's the rules. You've made a commitment to each other to get through every episode of Narcos together. As a team. You can't just go an violate that.
And because you're locked in to watching a full season of something with another person, that means you can't watch it by yourself. So if you find yourself with an hour to kill and wondering what happens on the next episode of House of Cards, tough. You've made a promise to another person. You can't go back on your word. Because otherwise, you'd be a liar.
Because you can't watch your favorite show without your significant other, you have to wait to watch the next episode. And it's almost worse than having to wait between seasons. You know the next episode is there. Theoretically, you can find out what happens anytime you want. You just... can't.
And sometimes you stop watching on a cliffhanger because bae is tired. So you have to live your life just itching to find out what happens next. Except the only thing is it's an itch you can never scratch. Because if you do, you'll be hurting the person you love most in the world.
But let's face it. You're human. You're going to watch ahead. It's only natural. You have urges, and you're going to give into them. Alone, when your bae isn't looking, you're going to watch ahead of them. Just one episode, you tell yourself, but it ends up being six.
It's easy to keep on going once you've watched just one episode of Black Mirror. Pretty soon you'll find yourself having finished off the new season, then going back and watching all of the original British episodes while your bae lies sleeping next to you. It's a victimless crime... or is it?
You know have the information of what happens next that you have to keep from your bae.
Secrets are no fun. Secrets hurt someone. And knowing what happens next on Orange is the New Black is the hardest secret you will ever have to keep. Especially if bae likes to talk about the show, and you know they do.
There's undoubtedly going to be a time where you blurt out what happens. Or you're fighting with your bae, and you yell it out in the heat of the moment. There are some things you can't unsay. And what happens to the Upside Down is one of them.
Cheating on someone by watching a show without them isn't as bad as cheating on someone by sleeping with a different person... or is it? You have to live with yourself. You have to live with your lie. You have to face the person that you love every day of your life knowing that you violated their trust.
People get hurt when you Netflix cheat. And it's more common than you think. A survey found that 51% of adults would watch a show without their partner, even if they agreed to watch it together. And maybe that's the scariest part about Netflix and chill? Knowing that if you start binge-watching something with someone, there's a 51% chance that they'll watch it without you.
So the next time you talk about binge-watching Ozark with someone, think carefully. It's a bigger step than moving in with someone. Is that person going to violate your trust? Or worse, are you going to be the person to do it?