Would you believe the most popular partner to Netflix and chill with is...your dog? (OK, not THAT Netflix and chill...)
That's right, Netflix recently did a survey, and they found that most people like to watch Netflix shows and movies with their pets! Fifty-eight percent, to be exact. And it's not just dogs and cats--people also watch with birds as well as other small animals (I myself watch with my guinea pigs on my lap). I suppose you don't have to worry about your dog spoiling the ending to a 15 episode series or judging you for watching Kong for the fiftieth time. In fact, one third of responders said they turned to their pet for comfort during upsetting scenes. And almost a quarter said they actually talked to their pets about what they were watching.
Though it's not always easy to watch with your pets. Several said they had to bribe their companions to continue watching the show in peace (hmm...*cough* well, does feeding them so they are quiet during the show count?), and others have even changed shows because their pets weren't engaged.
So what shows did the pets like best? Dog owners voted mostly action shows like Daredevil and Narcos. Cat owners preferred sci fi like Black Mirror and Star Trek: Discovery. Birds...I mean, bird OWNERS preferred comedies. Oddly enough, Stranger Things was the one show all pets agreed upon.
I think we can all agree that sometimes, it's nice to cuddle and watch a show, and our furry friends provide the perfect snuggle partners.
Melanie R. Meadors is the author of fantasy stories where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She’s been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on more than one occasion. Her fiction has appeared in Circle Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, and in the anthology Champions of Aetaltis. She studied astronomy and physics at Northern Arizona University and has published some non-fiction in the field of astronomy and library sciences. She's the co-editor of the anthology MECH: Age of Steel and editor of Hath No Fury, and she is a blogger and general b*tch monkey at The Once and Future Podcast.