It’s Friday night. You and your partner return home from work. You both have tentative plans to go out with friends but are so exhausted you’d honestly rather crash on the couch, order Thai food and stream a terrible ’80s horror movie franchise back-to-back-to-back – or, maybe, binge-watch seven hours of that competitive baking show you’ve heard so much about. Maybe both. What do you do?
Well, now you have one more reason to ostracize yourself. Turns out, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, sharing media with significant others brings couples closer together in the same ways that having a shared group of friends does.
So the next time you and your partner have to choose between being social butterflies and cocooning yourselves in a marathon of TV and movies, remember this: It’s not binge-watching. It’s relationship-building. Science said so.
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