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More than two thirds (67 per cent) of Netflix viewers are happy to risk social embarrassment by watching their favourite shows in public, according to research from Netflix.

Those who watch while commuting also rank having access to films or TV shows as more important than food or water.

Almost half (45 per cent) of these public watchers have caught someone peering over their shoulder to see what they're watching. But they're no blushing violets – only 18 per cent have felt embarrassed about what they're watching, and 77 per cent refuse to switch it off.

This public snooping doesn't only risk public embarrassment – it could also mean interruptions to your viewing. More than a quarter (27 per cent) of public watchers have been interrupted by a stranger wanting to start a conversation about what they're watching. And it could even ruin the show for the person snooping; 11 per cent of those watching over someone's shoulder have had a show ruined for them by the reveal of a crucial plot twist.

Netflix now has over 100 million customers worldwide, and allows subscribers to download certain shows to their mobile devices to watch on the go.

Source: Netflix

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