One study based out of Lancaster University in the U.K. suggests that Netflix could be chilling your sex life. How are they basing this study? Well, off of your electricity usage of course. Their study reveals that peak electricity usage is between 10-11 pm thanks to those that watch streaming services. Which also used to be a time when many couples were in bed, getting romantic.
This study analyzed evidence from nearly 400 devices to show their peak electricity usage and proved it is now later than it used to be, thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube and others.
"To the extent that this traffic is associated with viewing films or programmes, rather than short videos on YouTube, it suggests that mobile devices are used to prolong hours of ‘TV watching’, perhaps after the main TV set has been turned off," the study reads.
The study continued: "This is supported by the diary study, in which instances of TV watching later in the evening tended to occur on mobile devices, and especially tablets. One participant remarked how it “opens up a whole new world to watching television in bed” if she’s having trouble sleeping, whilst another reported that watching on a tablet in bed by himself, after having watched something with his family the living room, helps him to fall asleep."
The research in this study seems to support a theory from the University of Cambridge professor David Spiegelhalter who claims that couples are less interested in sex because they are watching more TV in bed.
"Sexually active [British] couples between 16 and 64 were asked [how often they have sex], and the median was five times in the last month in 1990, then four times in 2000 and three times in 2010," Spiegelhalter said in 2016 according to the Telegraph.
Spiegelhalter added that by 2030, people will not be having sex at all. Says it's a very worrying trend.