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Sharing Netflix password the new key to the door?

Andrew Truglia - August 23, 2019

A new relationship milestone for the 21st century has cropped up: Sharing the Netflix password with your significant other. And what’s more, couples are more reluctant to do this than to share keys to their respective homes!

As we all know, couples progress through a series of classic milestones, ranging from first kiss, to going on holiday together through to the really big ones like starting a family and buying a house. 

New research from Good Move, questioning 2,000 UK adults in relationships found that on average, couples wait 11 months and three days before giving their partner a key to their property. This is over four months quicker than the time people wait before allowing each other use of their Netflix account.

Ross Counsell, Director at Good Move, said: “Giving someone a key to your house is a huge point in a relationship as it shows a lot of trust and commitment, so it was interesting to see that Brits are happy to do so earlier than they are prepared to share streaming services!

“Our research also found that young Brits now consider buying a house as a couple to be a bigger commitment than marriage, which further shows how relationship milestones are changing.”

The research found that the 12 longest relationship milestones were as follows:

  1. Starting a family – 2 years, 2 months, 21 days
  2. Buying a property – 2 years, 1 month, 18 days
  3. Marriage/civil partnership – 2 years, 1 month, 12 days
  4. Owning a pet – 1 year, 9 months, 15 days
  5. Getting a joint bank account – 1 year, 7 months, 21 days
  6. Sharing a Netflix account – 1 year, 3 months, 9 days
  7. Booking a holiday together far in advance – 1 year, 3 months, 9 days
  8. Renting a property – 1 year, 2 months, 27 days
  9. Going on your first holiday together – 11 months, 3 days
  10. Giving each other keys to your respective homes – 11 months, 3 days
  11. Saying ‘I love you’ for the first time – 5 months, 6 days
  12. Showing public displays of affection – 3 months, 18 days