Almost half of Netflix users admit to stream cheating

Are you a Netflix Cheat? UAE numbers released for the first time

Finn Wolfhard Gaten Matarazzo Caleb Mc Laughlin in Stranger Things. Curtis Baker Netflix

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a recent Netflix (ticker: NFLX) survey found that 46 percent of streaming couples "cheated" by watching a show ahead ahead of their television partner.

Netflix says most TV watchers are not planning to cheat; about 80% of it is unplanned. "Your special someone isn't around, you turn on Netflix and you just can't help but watch without them".

Thirty-seven per cent of Canadian couples admitted to streaming behind each other's backs.

The top five shows that tempt streaming strayers include The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, and Marvel's Daredevil.

Why do we cheat? The trigger for the growing trend in cheating?

Over 65 percent of offenders said they just couldn't stop watching because the shows are too good.

How do we cheat? Even though these are American-produced series, they cause Netflix cheating around the world. Half say "sleep cheating" doesn't count (53%), but the morality of "sleep cheating" varies across the globe. Brazil had the highest number of cheaters, at 58 percent, while the Netherlands had the lowest, at 27 percent.

If you stray, don't beat yourself up about it.

On the other end of the spectrum, Canadians are remarkably forgiving, with 57% saying it's "not bad at all". Instead it means they are probably watching the rest of The Crown without you. Take Hong Kong, for example, where 40 percent of lovers believe Netflix cheating is worse than having an actual affair. "Four years later, cheating has increased three times and has become a common behavior around the world". This infographic illustrates scandalous streamers' motivations and behaviours.

Anxious that cheat-watching will make its way into your relationship?

Have any of you "cheated" on your loved ones and skipped an episode - or several - ahead?

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