Humans have been keeping animals as pets for thousands of years and our fascination with sharing our home with a furry (or hairy, or scaly, or feathered) friend is an ingrained part of society. Establishments like cat cafes and doggy daycare are testament to the fact that we just can’t get enough of our pets!
According to a new survey releasd by Netflix, our love of pets is infiltrating our entertainment habits too. In fact, when it comes to watching TV, 48% of Kiwis say that the best binge partner is their pet!
New study reveals pets to be the best binge paw-tner
When the outside world just needs to be put on hold for a while, a lot of us love to plonk ourselves in front of a screen and enjoy some downtime with our favourite shows or movies. So what makes our pets the best bingeing buddies?
- They never cheat on your bingeing! Ever been sharing a TV show with your bestie and they go and watch a few episodes ahead? Spoiler alert!
- With the occasional exception of a stray paw, they don’t hog the remote.
- They don’t judge your enertainment tastes. If I want to watch Fuller House I will watch Fuller House and never a “why are you watching THIS?!” is uttered.
- They don’t talk during the good bits (though they seem to have a habit of needing something during those emotional, tense or plot-twist parts!).
- They don’t ask you to explain the plot or fill in the episodes they missed. Though they are also unable to explain the plot when you get a little lost!
The survey revealed that 30% of Kiwis have turned to their furry friends for comfort during a sad or scary scene while 21% have talked to their pet about the show or movie they were watching.
The downside of viewing with your pet
Binge watching with your pet does have it’s downside though. Nearly half of respondents (48%) said that they had moved where they were sitting because their pet was claiming too much of the couch.
What to watch with your pet
The survey revealed that dog owners are more likely to choose action and adventure like Marvel’s Daredevil and cat owners prefer comedy series like Orange is the New Black. The one show that brings all streaming species together … Stranger Things.
The survey was conducted by SurveyMonkey from January 9-25, 2018 and based on more than 50,000 responses. The sample is representative of an adult online population who watch Netflix with their pets in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, USA, UK.
What do you watch with your furry friend? Join the discussion in the comments below.