When Bingeing Goes Public, Private Behaviours are Exposed and Social Norms are Shelved
Netflix has revealed that 67% of people surveyed globally will risk embarrassment, awkwardness and spoilers to watch their favourite shows and movies in public
In a world with 2.5 billion smartphone users, bingeing in public is on the rise and “binge-free zones” are a thing of the past. But as millions of people take full advantage of Netflix to stream and download anytime and anywhere, private binge behaviours are now on public display.
We’ve all had a moment when one scene gets a little too steamy, or even to gory for public viewing. So why are 67% of people globally willing to expose their entertainment emotions to watch outside their homes? Because public bingers rank having access to movies or shows higher than food and water as “essential” items for travelling or commuting. Just be prepared that streaming Stranger Things while surrounded by strangers is making social norms go upside down. And catching someone snooping on your screen during a risqué scene or LOL’ing on a crowded dart or luas is the new normal.
We’re Being Watched While We’re Watching
Nearly half (45%) of those watching on the go have caught a backseat binger snooping on their screen. But there’s no reason to call Chief Hopper – only 18% of public bingers have felt embarrassed about what they’re watching and 77% refuse to turn off their show or movie. There’s no shame in our stream game.
We’re Spoiling Shows for Screen Snoopers (Sorry!)
Screen snooping can have real consequences! Eleven percent of public bingers have had a show or movie spoiled by seeing someone else’s screen. The risk is even greater if you plan to sneak a peak in South Korea where 24% have suffered from spoilers.
We’re Being Interrupted By Strangers
More than a quarter (27%) of public bingers have had a stranger interrupt their show or movie to start a conversation about what they’re watching. But that doesn’t mean we have to pull a Kingpin. Episode intruders are likely just jealous we remembered to download our shows before leaving the house.
We Wear Our Shows On Our Sleeves
No matter how meticulously we curate our lives on social media, there’s no filter for laughter or tears in real life. The majority of public bingers have laughed out loud and one in five have even cried while watching in public. Globally, Mexico, Colombia and Chile are the most outwardly emotional countries. Conversely, it’s unlikely to see a German bawling while they binge.
Ultimately, a spoiled show or a steamy scene streamed with a stranger is worth the awkwardness if it means we get to keep watching what we love. Below are the shows that should only be watched in public at your own risk! And if you are feeling brave in public, put that screen protector on, just to be safe!
My Crazy Ex Girlfriend (Seasons 1 – 2; Season 3 with weekly episodes)
Still pining for Josh, the boy who dumped her ages ago, whip-smart lawyer Rebecca jettisons her New York life and moves to California to win him back.
Easy (Seasons 1 – 2)
This eclectic, star-studded anthology follows diverse Chicagoans fumbling through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture.
You Me Her (Season 1 – 2)
To spice up their sex life, yuppie husband and wife Jack and Emma hire an escort. But things take an unexpected turn when romantic feelings surface.
Santa Clarita Diet (Season 1)
They’re ordinary husband and wife realtors until she undergoes a dramatic change that sends them down a road of death and destruction. In a good way.
Breaking Bad (Seasons 1 – 4)
A terminally ill chemistry teacher teams with a former student to manufacture crystal meth to secure his family’s future.
Narcos (Seasons 1 – 3)
The true story of Colombia’s infamously violent and powerful drug cartels fuels this gritty gangster drama series.
The Sinner (Season 1)
When a young mother inexplicably stabs a stranger to death, a sympathetic detective struggles to unlock the mystery buried in her missing memories.
Hannibal (Seasons 1 – 2)
This drama series focuses on the early years of the relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and homicidal cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (Season 1)
Personal stories reveal how the intersection of sex, technology and intimate relationships is rewiring us in fundamental ways.
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