Watching TV With Your Loved One Can Improve Your Relationship.
Watching TV with your lover swell may not seem like the most exciting or romantic thing to do, but if your social circles don’t overlap, it could be the secret to a long-term relationship.
Watching the same TV shows, reading the same books, or planning regular movie nights can make couples feel like they are part of the same social world, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships . The researchers found that couples who have mutual friends or who are in the same group of friends tend to feel a stronger bond with each other. However, when couples lack this social connection, TV shows, books, movies, and other “shared media” can fill the gap. Regular participation in these activities allowed couples to feel closer together, as if the characters they watched together on TV or read in books were part of a common group of friends. So if you and your significant other aren’t in the same social circles, that’s okay! Make some people believe in friends by watching several TV shows together or by reading and discussing the same book. In any case, this is a great excuse to watch a lot of TV together.
Let’s Stay Home and Watch TV: The Benefits of Using Shared Media for Intimate Relationships | Journal of Social and Personal Relationships via Science of Us