Binge Watching With Pets


Pets increasingly play an active role in every aspect of our lives, from work to travel, so it’s no surprise that they also are part of our leisure routines. According to a new survey from Netflix, most Americans (71 percent) say pets are the best bingeing companions.


The survey, which collected responses from more than 1,000 American viewers, highlights the streaming habits of today’s owners, whose love of TV and their pets knows few bounds. Some pet parents (30 percent) go so far as to set up a separate profile for watching with a furry family member. Seventy-four percent of members say they’ve watched Netflix with a pet, and a whopping one in three watch with a four-legged friend every time they turn on the TV.


Here are a few other key findings from the survey:


• Respondents said that pets make the best bingeing partners because they’re great at cuddling (40 percent); they don’t hog the remote (23 percent); they never share spoilers (20 percent); and they’re always down for another episode (18 percent).


• Almost half (47 percent) of U.S. respondents have changed seats to make their pet more comfortable while watching TV.


• Twenty-eight percent have turned to their pet for comfort during a scary or sad scene, while 27 percent show bad etiquette by talking to their pet about the show or movie.


• Not all pets are cool with cozying up together on the couch for TV time. One in five owners have bribed their pet with treats to watch longer and 13 percent have turned a show off because their pet didn’t like it.


• Dog owners seem to prefer action-filled shows like “Narcos” and “Marvel’s Daredevil,” while cat owners are more into sci-fi series, such as “Black Mirror” and “Star Trek Discovery.” As for bird owners, comedies like “Orange is the New Black” are more their flight of fancy.


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