Netflix Marriages

Netflix CARNAGE1

She’s playing Words With Friends on an iPad. He’s wearing over-the-ear headphones and reading a magazine. They’re sitting next to each other, but they’re in their own worlds. Granted, this is an airport terminal and the wait is long, but this sight makes me think of married couples and what it’s like to be with someone for a long time.

There’s an ad on Spotify for Netflix that I’ve heard for the past month or so. The set up is a couple that’s working on getting back together after going through a breakup. The man lists the things that he misses about being with her, including nights spent sitting on the couch watching movies on Netflix. I know couples like this. I don’t know if this is a clever 21st century radio-type spot or one of the saddest things I’ve heard.

When you’ve been with someone for a long time, like the way I assume terminal couple has been, is it better to be comfortable being bored together, or have you both settled because you’ve run out of ideas? Should each partner in these relationships strive to outdo the previous years all the time, or is there a comfort in knowing that you don’t need to impress each other anymore, that just being there is enough, even if you have headphones on or are buried in a game of Words With Friends?

What keeps Netflix Marriages together?


  1. Photo “Netflix Carnage” by Ross Catrow