Something we've long suspected has now been confirmed: Netflix and your addiction to binge-watching serialised shows is killing your sex life. Yes, despite the jokes about Netflix and chill, it turns out we're taking the term literally, and not getting any horizontal action, like, at all.
According to a professor at Cambridge University, David Spiegelhalte, there's a link between delcing rates of sex in the UK and a rise of streaming services like Netflix and Stan and 'box sets' (aka illegally downloading Game of Thrones). Presenting his findings at the Hay festival, Spiegelhalte said, "People are having less sex. Sexually active couples between 16 and 64 were asked and the median was five times in the last month in 1990, then four times in 2000 and three times in 2010. At this rate, by 2030 couples are not going to be having any sex at all." Geez.
He goes on. "One of the researchers mentioned the word iPad. I think it's the box set, Netflix. OMG I've got to watch the entire second series of Game of Thrones." (We guess all the nudity and sex scenes on GoT aren't so titillating after all). And that's not the end of it, either. According to Spiegelhalte the real crux of the problems lies in our obsession with technology and being constantly connected. He blames "the constant checking of our phones" for our lack of libido. "When TV closed down at 10.30pm or whatever and there was nothing else to do" - that's when couples would supposedly have sex, but now that you can literally stream anything at all hours of the morning - we guess that's not the case.
In other news, Netflix recently released data on our viewing habits, rating shows on their binge-watch-ness. According to the bingeometer, shows that we 'savour' tend to be though thought=provoking political drama s like House of Cards, Homeland and Narcos or even broad comedies, while shows that rank highly on the 'devour' are more of the thrillers such as Breaking Bad and creepy serial killer dramas like The Fall. (Clearly, thrillers don't make us want sex either.) Check out this handy infographic below.
It's also worth noting that Netflix know all about your weekend-long binge sessions, too. While viewership figures are kept secret, the service said that viewers who chose to watch an entire season typically did it in the space of a week, watching on average over two hours a day. Yes it's sad that we're all addicted to Netflix, but at least we're not alone, right?