“Netflix and Chill” is one of the many dating slang terms that Millennials today use as code for “having sex.” But now it’s long gone, research shows that people are doing a lot more Netflixing than chilling these days.
Streaming is hurting your sex life, yes sadly it’s true. Often find yourself saying “Just one more episode before bed!” and end up watching two more episodes, then you get sleepy and head to the bed tired.
According to David Spiegelhalter, a professor and statistician at Cambridge University, the modern couple’s sex life is doomed thanks to the rise in streaming television.
Spiegelhalter, who wrote the book Sex By Numbers, notes that “Couples are having less sex now than they were in the ’90s, going from five times a month to three times a month on average.”
The decline is due in part to people squeezing in extra episodes of their favorite shows before bed, he claimed, something that wasn’t an option a few years ago when there was nothing good on TV after 10:30 p.m.
He warns that, if this continues, couples won’t be having sex at all by the year 2030.
Spiegelhalter said at the Hay Festival:
“The point is that this massive connectivity, the constant checking of our phones compared to just a few years ago when TV closed down at 10:30pm or whatever and there was nothing else to do, Even power cuts which helps. Now people are having less sex and it’s true.”
“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.’” (GoT is on HBO, not Netflix, but we’re going to let that technicality slide for now.)
However, the professor did not specify whether a lack of sleep was to blame, or whether it was simply that television was overtaking the window of time when couples would most likely be engaged in sex — late at night. It’s likely a combination of both.
According to another study by Lancaster University published in Energy Research and Social Science, people are doing a lot more Netflixing than chilling these days.
The study analyzed evidence from nearly 400 devices to show that peak electricity usage is now much later than it used to be, thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube and others.
While the study analyzed data usage in general, it’s easy to pin a lot of blame on Netflix given that is by far the most popular streaming service in the U.S.
One worrying aspect of the study is the fact that many people aren’t even watching shows together anymore.
According to the diary accounts by 16 participants in the study, “instances of TV watching later in the evening tended to occur on mobile devices, and especially tablets. One participant remarked how it ‘opens up a whole new world to watching television in bed’ if she’s having trouble sleeping, whilst another reported that watching on a tablet in bed by himself, after having watched something with his family the living room, helps him to fall asleep.”
So there you have it “stop watching movies and TV shows and give some time to your sex life also” otherwise you are doomed.