I first came across the concept of a ‘Netflix divorce’ in a piece in The Telegraph. It’s the idea that couples that force themselves to watch shows together, well, have a harder time staying together.
Here’s why: At the end of a long day full of negotiations and compromises at work, at home—everywhere, really, and especially in a pandemic—the last thing you want to do is spend your relaxation time debating whose taste in television wins out. In other words, if TV is our main source of self-care, especially right now, is it worth sacrificing Bridgerton for, well, anything?
If it’s detrimental to your relationship, maybe not.
Halfway through my discovery of this concept, I realized something: Last summer, I’d accidentally kicked off my own Netflix divorce, so to speak.