Netflix Is On To You, People Who Stream in the Bathroom

Netflix Is On To You, People Who Stream in the Bathroom

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Melissa Massello
Nov 15, 2017
(Image credit: Twin Design/Shutterstock)

It's been a year since Netflix started allowing customers to download their favorite shows, cutting the wifi cord and truly enabling us to binge watch from anywhere we want — even, a new study from the company confirms, in public restrooms.

Netflix and SurveyMonkey asked 37,000 of their streaming service customers and found that 60 percent of Americans watch more TV shows and movies in public than they did just a year ago, when the app released its download feature "allowing users to take their favorite shows and movies beyond the living room."

We've laughed and cried (22 percent of respondents) along with our favorite characters, even bingeing at work (32 percent) or on the commute there — maybe even missing our bus or train stop because we were so engrossed in the story (one in ten people). And no, you're not hearing things: that person in the stall next to you is bingeing in the bathroom (12 percent admitted to doing it). Why? Well because they may be embarrassed about what they're watching on-the-go (one in five people said yes).

Airplanes, public restrooms, at the office, and in cafes are just some of the places where 67 percent of Americans are now bingeing in public. And because we're showing off our not-so-secret streaming behaviors, it should be no shocker that many Netflix customers are having shows spoiled (11 percent), caught someone snooping on their screen (44 percent), or been interrupted by said snooper to start a conversation about their show or movie (35 percent).

Watch the full "Netflixing in Public" video from the streaming service to find out more fun(?) facts from the study.

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