This really, really bad habit is actually good for your relationship 4 years ago

This really, really bad habit is actually good for your relationship

Any excuse!

The most popular guilty pleasure at the minute is definitely binge-watching TV shows.


Thanks to Netflix, the record function and online streaming, we rarely watch one episode of a good show at a time anymore.

But it turns out that while several findings show that it's not great for your health, it could be very good for your relationship. Providing you watch things together as a couple of course.

There is no bigger issue in a modern day relationship than your other-half watching ahead on a show your were watching together. This is a very modern issue and seems trivial but a new study suggests that it's actually important you do it together.

A new study has found that sharing fictional worlds can be extremely beneficial in relationships.


Some couples share the same friend group and this is said to be an important component for a healthy relationship, however it's okay if you don't.

Those who have separate social circles, can make up for it by having an interest in the same fictional world, be it a book, film or TV show.

Participants were asked how many mutual friends they shared, how much programme viewing they shared and how highly they rated their relationship.

The more the couple watch together, the higher they rated their commitment to one another.


"Activities that allow couples to expand their sense of shared identity are crucial to fostering love and intimacy between partners at all stages of relationship development.

Likewise, sharing a fictional social world in media, in turn, may enhance relationship quality." The study said.

This week, the most popular shows on Netflix we revealed, so if you're looking for a way to improve your relationship, start with those shows.