“Netflix and chill” has pretty much become a nightly occurrence, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. However, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from our new hobby, it’s to never say these six words to our viewing partner: “I think I figured it out!”
We’re taking about the “aha!” moment that occurs when you think you know how a TV show or movie may end. While it can be tempting to say, “I think I figured it out,” or “Oh, I know how this movie ends,” we highly recommend keeping those phrases to yourself while watching Netflix.
Since binge-watching is considered a bonding activity for many couples, unwanted predictions can lead to major problems down the line. Real-time theories can be extremely frustrating for two key reasons: 1. If you’re correct, your partner might experience animosity if he/she didn’t put two-and-two together as quickly. And 2. Your partner might have a hard time relating to the storyline if he/she has a preconceived notion of what’s going to happen, even if your theory is wrong. And you don’t want them resenting you for ruining their streaming experience.
Professor Nicholas Christenfeld previously conducted a study about the psychology of spoilers. He concluded that ruining the ending isn’t beneficial for couples—that is, unless both parties are on the same page. “It’s sort of as if knowing things puts you in a position that gives you certain advantages to understand the plot,” he told the BBC.