This post was co-authored by Chris Taylor.
Confession: I didn’t go to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens until nine days after opening day. Working on the Internet, I lived in mortal terror of spoilers — yet still I waited until my husband was free to see it.
Why? For us, it goes back to Season 1, Episode 1 of Game of Thrones. He fell asleep while we were watching it — and I proceeded to watch the next three seasons without him. I suspect he hasn’t yet forgiven me for this very modern form of betrayal, so I’m working hard to make up for it.
TV show cheating is a peculiar relationship dilemma born of the golden age of television, and of the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO Now. Content providers make shows you can’t resist. New shows designed for binge watching bombard us daily. Every trip to the watercooler yields a recommendation — or worse, a spoiler for something you’ve been meaning to watch …