Yep, you heard that right. A recent study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships suggests it might actually be beneficial to share a TV show with your significant other. If you’re like us, some nights all we want to do is veg out to one of our favorite shows or a movie on Netflix. Especially in this hot-as-Hades heat who wants to be sweating outside when you could be in the comfort of your air conditioned living room with a comfy couch?
The study specifically looked at how shared media interests—think TV shows, movies, books—helped to strengthen relationships even when the couple didn’t share many mutual friends. Researchers discovered shared social circles helped to predict strong relationships – obviously – but a “shared media experience” had the same effect and in many cases, a strong impact.
Now let’s be clear here – binge watching TV has its disadvantages because sure, like anything you don’t want to abuse it, i.e. that’s the only time you spend with your main squeeze. Sitting in front of the TV aimlessly night after night does not a healthy relationship make. BUT what I do love is that this study proves what we already knew about the beauty in sharing something with your guy or girl. Whether it’s binge watching a TV show on Netflix, having a move marathon, reading each other’s favorite books or watching every single second of the Olympics (!!!) – do so without abandon because it’s oh so good for your relationship. xo