Sometimes, after a long day at his marketing job, all Peter Moeller wants to do is flop on the couch, uncork a bottle of wine and stream a few episodes of How It’s Made, his favorite geeky science series. That is, if his teacher wife, Christina, hasn’t gotten to the TV first.
“Whenever I come home, she seems to be watching something like the Kardashians, Vanderpump Rules or Real World ” says the 33-year-old newlywed, who lives in Red Bank, NJ. He has no patience for his spouse’s reality-TV addiction – least of all the Kardashians, whose drama he likens to a terminal disease.
When he tries to assert himself and change the channel, a spat ensues. She yells, “This is so boring! Turn this off!” Moeller says of his wife. He now refuses to enter the room when the 31-year-old is immersed in one of her favorite shows.
Whether together or apart, co-habitating couples are watching more TV than ever. The average American now spends almost five hours a day parked in front the tube, according to Nielsen. Chalk it up to the rise of digital streaming: Deloitte reports that 70 percent of TV viewers engage in binge-watching, defined as sitting through three or more episodes in a row.
It’s hard not to with today’s abundance of addictive programming. Which is great – if you and your romantic partner have the same viewing tastes. But what do you do if you don’t?