Yikes! New Study Shows We Watch Netflix Far More Than We Hang Out With Our Friends

Ever since Netflix became a solid staple in our daily lives a few years ago, it has introduced us to plenty of five-star content. And in doing so, it has also molded the way we enjoy our free time, even shaping our mainstream vocabulary and spawning naughty slang expressions.

Netflix and chill?

Netflix and chill?

Now though, it appears that the online streaming portal has gone even further and has become such an important part of our lives that it’s changing us as people altogether.
According to consulting giant Deloitte, 70% of US citizens “binge-watch” television programs, spending hours and hours in front of the small screen watching back-to-back episodes of our favorite shows. To put it even further into perspective, the average Netflix subscriber reportedly watches 1 hour and 40 minutes of the streaming service every day.


And naturally, all of that time we spend gazing at some pixels is time that we could also spend with our friends, relaxing and thinking, reading, and most importantly perhaps, working out. To get the above information, data site CordCutting.com turned to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to see how Americans really spend their time.


According to the above chart, the average US citizen spends 38 minutes a day being social, 17 minutes doing some kind of exercise and 19 minutes reading. Watching TV is taken up by a whopping 100 minutes of that day, a much larger portion than all of those activities put together.Moreover, in January, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that Netflix users stream 125 million hours per day. To get their statistics, CordCutting did the following:

“We just took the total number of Netflix streaming hours per day as reported by CEO Reed Hastings and divided it by the number of Netflix subscribers worldwide.”

We spend the majority of our day watching Netflix

We spend the majority of our day watching Netflix

Yep, once again, this graph shows the harsh reality that the average American spends more than twice the number of time binge-watching their favorite shows than hanging out with their pals. And let’s not even get started on the exercise statistic. Essentially, we are watching so much Netflix that it is probably becoming increasingly detrimental to our own health — no wonder we want to stay behind closed doors and don’t want to hang out with our friends very much!And that’s definitely something to think about while you familiarize yourself with what’s coming to Netflix in 2016:Do you think Netflix is changing your lifestyle choices?