Netflix: The signs you might need a break from the site
It's 10pm on a Sunday evening, you're still in your PJs and your dinner was some Doritos washed down with a can of orange Tango.
Why? Because you've spent the last eight hours bingeing your favourite show on Netflix.
The streaming service has become a big part of our lives and in extreme cases it's even led to addiction.
A 26-year-old man in India has reportedly checked into rehab after binge-watching shows and films to shut out reality.
So what are the signs you might need to delete the red-and-black icon from your life?
You cancel going to those birthday drinks
Your mate's celebration has been in the diary for ages and you've even bought a bottle of wine as a pressie.
But it gets to 6pm and you've found out through the power of Netflix there are Stranger Things lurking outside.
You fire up the group chat and send that excuse.
"Ah I've got a headache so I don't think I'll make it tonight."
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Had plans to go out but then I started @AlyssaEdwards_1 new Netflix show and now I have to cancel all plans till I see the whole thing. pic.twitter.com/4GfCoFYvvw
— Cloe (@Cloewanattitude) October 6, 2018
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yes i cancel plans to stay home and watch netflix every single weekend but like, i still want to be invited out
— G🍓 (@giannanicolette) September 22, 2018
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alexa, make plans with all my friends that i’ll eventually cancel to stay home and watch netflix
— Spooky Noah 🎃💀🍁 (@noahdavis50) July 14, 2018
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Solution: Remind yourself monsters aren't real, get dressed and step out into the real world. You'll still get there for last orders.
The 'sorry' message brings out sweats
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Netflix: Sorry, too many people are using your account right now.
— Selina Kyle (@AmbreezyO13) October 2, 2018
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You log in, ready to catch up on the latest episode of Suits and the dreaded error message occurs.
"Sorry, too many people are using your account right now."
Yep, you, your cousin, your partner, your neighbour and your dog are all doing the same thing.
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Nothing will make you want to fight your family more than clicking on a Netflix movie and seeing “sorry, too many people are using your account right now” IM ABOUT TO MAKE A GROUP CALL WITH MY SIBLINGS AND SEE WHO THE CULPRITS ARE
— lover (@agroovyladybaby) July 26, 2018
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When you get home and can’t wait to watch your favourite Netflix programme but your family have shared the password and you are locked out of your own account
— Remel London (@Remel_London) October 7, 2018
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who the hell is watching gossip girl on owens netflix when im trying to!!! This account is only big enough for one of us….. and the other 3 screens his real family are using
— kon (@_katieoneill) October 5, 2018
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The questions start whirring in your head.
"Which family member can you kick off first?", "Is this worth breaking-up over?" and "Who has the ultimate power to change the password?"
Solution: A spreadsheet of names setting out specific time slots for each family member. Or just pay for your own account.
You treat Netflix's Twitter accounts like your mates
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Harry is logged in to my Netflix and he annoyed me last night and woke up to this on his phone! Cheers for backing me up @NetflixUK 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/5w7ByR0hIh
— Kate (@kate_at) October 7, 2018
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You've finally logged out of your Netflix account and start scrolling through your Twitter feed.
"Too funny," you say as you check out some of the memes and sass on your timeline about your favourite shows.
You start retweeting and replying. But hang on… you're chatting to Netflix.
With its endless witty tweets, it's hard to escape the stream of show reminders from Netflix's various accounts.
So instead, you start believing the streaming service knows you better than your bestie.
Solution: Log off, pick up your phone, dial a friend's number and actually chat.
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Current relationship status: NETFLIX
— loveschmove (@loveschmovebot) October 9, 2018
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Your heart hurts, you struggle to sleep and you wonder just how you're gonna move on with your life.
No, your other half hasn't just dumped you. It's the feeling you get when you've watched the final episode of a Netflix drama.
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Does anyone else feel like when they Netflix binge a show to the end the last episode feels like a break up ?! 😞
— Angel-Michelle (@AnquelMichelle) May 11, 2018
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The streaming service is known for giving you the chance to binge-watch an entire series.
But things always have to come to an end and the heartbreak is real.
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Which hurts more? a breakup? or the Final Episode of Adventure Time?
— Kenneth (@KenieeeRogers) September 4, 2018
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But like with any break-up there's the chance you'll get back together in a year's time (when the new season starts).
Or there's always your next crush. Ten seasons of Friends, anyone?
Solution: Delete Netflix, download Tinder.