The UK’s sneaky TV habits have been exposed as new research reveals over three quarters (78 percent) of us sneakily watch the next episode of a TV show on our own without telling our partners.
Unbelievably, more than one in five (21 percent) have even gone as far as watching a whole series of a TV show without their partner knowing, then had to sit through it again to cover up the deceit.
As couples watch more TV together, the research by Bush TV has found ‘box-set betrayal’ is putting increasing pressure on our relationships. Over a quarter of Brits (27 percent) said they would be more upset about their partner committing box-set betrayal than sending flirty texts to someone else.
To combat this, Bush TV has created a limited edition lie detector to help suspicious spouses catch their TV cheating partners. Simply place one hand on the lie detector and if your partner is lying about watching your favourite TV show solo, they’ll get a small electric shock.
In the battle of the sexes, men are more likely to watch a TV show behind their partner’s back with more than 35 percent confessing to it, compared to 27 percent of women owning up to a sneaky peek. A quarter of men (25 percent) even admitted to watching a whole series of a TV show that they planned to watch with their partner first.
15 percent of Brits have feigned illness so they couldn’t go out and then watched TV behind their partner’s back. Another 16 percent have even gone as far as taking a day off work in order to get their TV fix.
Game of Thrones is the cult TV show we cheat on most, beating EastEnders, Dr Foster and The Walking Dead. The top ten TV shows Brits watch first behind each other’s backs are:
- Game of Thrones
- The Walking Dead
- Dr Foster
- Breaking Bad
- Stranger Things
- Doctor Who
- Sex and the City
- Prison Break
When it comes to why couples commit box-set betrayal, a quarter (25 percent) admit they watch TV behind their partners’ backs so they can tease them about what happens next. On the other hand, just under a fifth (18 percent) of us say we commit box-set betrayal because our partner has annoying TV habits.
Monika Bennett, brand manager for Bush TVs at Argos said: “With unmissable programmes now available on-demand and TV technology such as 4K providing a thrilling entertainment experience, it appears the UK is falling even more in love with their TV sets. However, at Bush, we’re keen for couples to sit and enjoy time with each other, which is why we’ve launched our box-set betrayal lie detectors to make sure UK lovebirds stay on the straight and narrow when watching their favourite shows together.”
Couples can apply for the chance to get a limited-edition boxset betrayal lie detector through a competition launching in December on the Argos Twitter page @Argos_Online ready for the festive season.
For more information on Bush’s range of TVs which cater to all audiences in the run up to Christmas, please visit Argos.co.uk/bush.