Forget the milkman. Your significant other is more likely to be cheating on you with Netflix.
A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netflix found that 51 percent of those in relationships are likely to cheat on each other... by watching TV shows on Netflix alone that they promised to watch with their partners. Over 28 million Americans have already done it.
The study shows that people are pretty good at keeping secrets. Only 14 percent of cheaters feel guilty enough to confess, while 32 percent re-watch the episodes without speaking up. People are sneaky! If you can keep it quiet that you watched the season finale of "Mad Men" without your beau, what else are you hiding? Twelve percent of people even admit to re-watching the episodes and faking their emotional reactions so they don't get caught. Wow.
In March, New York magazine's Maureen O'Connor wrote a story about cheating on her boyfriend with Netflix. When all of "House Of Cards" was released at once, what was she to do? She snuck into the living room and watched the whole season while her boyfriend was asleep. She eventually confessed. This isn't just about romantic couples; lots of O'Connor's friends cheated on their friends and family, too.
Harris Interactive even went so far as to see where the cheating was happening. Turns out, people are cheating everywhere. Sixty-six percent cheat by themselves on the television, 21 percent in bed while their partner is asleep, 10 percent while traveling for work, 7 percent in the other room while their partner is home, and 5 percent... in the bathroom. Eek.
However, women tend to have a bit more Netflix fidelity. Seventy-seven percent of men said they would cheat, while only 57 percent of women said they would. We know your game now, and we're watching you, men.