Net­flix sur­vey finds more peo­ple are binge-watch­ing in re­strooms

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Magazine - By Erica Bros­nan


Binge watch­ing is no longer rel­e­gated to the fam­ily room, and Net­flix view­ers are chill­ing in some un­usual places, ac­cord­ing to a new studyre­leased Tues­day by the stream­ingser­vice.

Th­es­tudy found that 67 per­cent of its users are view­ing in public — with 37 per­cent ad­mit­ting to binge­ing at work and 12 per­cent con­fess­ing to watching­in­pub­li­cre­strooms.

Last year, Net­flix in­tro­duced the abil­ity to down­load TVshows and movies di­rectly to our de­vices, mak­ing binge­ing fan fa­vorites, like “Stranger Things,” “Nar­cos,” “Luke Cage” and more, eas­ier than­ever. How­ever, watch­ing un­abashedly does come with risks, that is, over-the-shoul­derview­ers.

In fact, 44 per­cent of those sur­veyed claimed they have caught some­one eye­ing their screen. Only 22 per­cent ad­mit­ted to be­ing em­bar­rassed by the in­ci­dent. After all, the sur­vey did find that 11 per­cent of re­spon­dents had a se­ries spoiled for them be­cause they weres­noop­ingth­em­selves.

It doesn’t stop there, though. The stream­ing gi­ant — which con­ducted the sur­vey be­tween late Au­gust and early Septem­ber — also found that one in 10 adults has missed a bus or train stop due to stream­ing, 22 per­cent have ad­mit­ted to cry­ing while watch­ing in public and 35 per­cent had a stranger in­ter­rupt their show to start a con­ver­sa­tion­about it.

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