It's official: We care about Netflix more than our real life friends and hobbies
If you’re like us, you’ve probably made a joke about the amount of Netflix you’ve binge-watched recently. Like, “I have a date with Netflix tonight.” Or, “I haven’t left my apartment in 48 hours because Netflix.”
It’s all fun and games until someone does a study and proves that Americans spend twice as much time watching Netflix than they do socializing with actual people. Yup, this happened, and those jokes just became instantly just a little less funny.
This statistic comes courtesy of Cordcutting.com, a website that looked at data reported by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and deduced that the average subscriber is on Netflix for one hour and 40 minutes a day.
Cordcutting.com also studied numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey, discovering that people only spend 38 minutes per day “socializing and communicating.” Essentially, this means that we’re flaking on our friends to rewatch all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls (but, hey, we’re just as guilty as everyone else).
When it comes to other solo activities, it turns out we’re also watching more Netflix than exercising, thinking, or reading, each of which the average American dedicates less than 20 minutes to per day. Maybe we should start prioritizing some other activities to balance out that American Horror Story binge.
The moral of the story? Next time you want to stay in on a Friday night and queue up some 30 Rock, maybe reconsider. Liz Lemon will always be there for you, but she can’t actually hear you talk about your relationship troubles or how your life is going in general — and none of us want to box out and lose the real life people who can do that for us.