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It's Netflix's Fault Your Partner Is Probably Cheating on You

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, Netflix released survey results that will make every dinner conversation tonight start with the dangerous question, "Are you Netflix cheating on me?"

There are many reasons why couples who start TV shows together can't possibly finish the entire season in one sitting (you know: life, children, adulting, just to name a few). So naturally, like all good relationships based on trust, you both solemnly swear you will watch the next episode together.

But turns out, many partners just have no self-control. (Weak traitors!)

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According to the data, almost half of Netflix users around the world (46 percent) admitted they went ahead and watched a TV show without their significant other, despite promising not to watch ahead. Netflix cheating has tripled since it was first revealed in 2013 in the U.S.

And that saying that goes "once a cheater, always a cheater"? It's true: Some 81 percent of cheaters are repeat offenders and 44 percent have cheated three or more times.

More facts that prove love is dead?

- About 60 percent of consumers say they'd cheat more if they knew they'd get away with it.

- About 45 percent of cheaters never confess.

- Most cheaters are in Brazil and Mexico, where 57 to 58 percent of streaming couples have cheated. On the bright side, we should all move to the Netherlands, where 73 percent have never cheated. (The Dutch seem to be better than us at everything).

- People are cheating on all shows, but the top temptations include: "The Walking Dead," "Breaking Bad," "American Horror Story," "House of Cards," "Orange Is the New Black," "Narcos" and "Stranger Things." (Well, if they want drama, they'll have relationship drama coming.)

- About 48 percent of streaming couples who cheat are married; 41 percent of cheaters are female, while 59 percent are male.

- Sleep with one eye open because 25 percent of cheating happens when one partner falls asleep and 28 percent happens when one of you is on a business trip.

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- Typically, people think this form of cheating isn't bad at all—unless you live in Hong Kong, where 40 percent of users think Netflix cheating is worse than having an actual affair.

- And the most common reason partners cheat? Thank the "just one more" mentality. About 80 percent of cheating is unplanned and 66 percent of cheaters said, "The shows are just so good we can't stop bingeing."


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