Wednesday, 6 January 2016

'Netflix And Chill'. Parent Style

Often I hear things and it feels like I am in a totally different world to the youth of today. Last year I discussed what was a 'Basic B*tch' and was I one? I discovered I am. Which evidently isn't a good thing. This year? I am baffled by the phrase 'Netflix and Chill'. Now to me that sounds like pretty much every Friday evening with my other half. We are most certainly watching Netflix and we are most certainly 'chillin' (I think you drop the g if you are cool). But evidently? That means going round to somebody's house and having sex.

Which I for one thought was called a 'booty call'. Or is that a 90's thing? I can pretty much guarantee that if any knackered parent up and down the land is asking their other half to watch Netflix and chill on a Saturday night they mean any one of the following 1) let's sit in silence and watch a boxset we have been trying to complete for the past three months but we keep falling asleep 2) you watch whatever the hell you want as I plan to fall asleep 3) let's both watch something we know we aren't really going to watch as we both plan to fall asleep.


That's the best bit about Netflix! Or any other streaming channel/boxset/on demand, it means that you no longer feel a bit tragic staying in on a weekend to 'watch TV'. As you're not really watching TV are you? No... you are settling down with the other half, a take away and probably a gin to catch up on the latest, most trendy (mmmm is trendy still a word?), hot shows. Could be Orange Is The New Black. Or maybe even a brand new film on Sky Movies. You start all bright and bushy tailed at 9pm with the full intention of discussing it at work on Monday and then? You fall asleep. Again.

There is no sex. I doubt very much you are even sat on the same couch. One of you may be on your phone playing Candy Crush whilst the other is trying to instagram a Yankee Candle or summat. Someone will be in a dressing gown and both of you will have a bit of curry sauce down your pyjamas (you might try calling it 'lounge wear' to be stylish. They are pyjamas). Whispering "shall we change positions?" means popping upstairs and finishing off (the box set) in the bedroom. This subtle move means "shall we just fall asleep in bed?".

So can all us parents make an agreement. That the phrase 'Netflix and Chill' will forever and always just mean that. I don't want the rules to change. I enjoy munching on a prawn cracker whilst trying to convince the other half to watch Bridget Jones. I long for a free afternoon where I can gorge on a Crunchie and watch Sleepless in Seattle or an old Gossip Girl. Let's reclaim 'Netflix and Chill' and encourage to youth to go back to 'booty call'. I understood that. And lived quite safe in the knowledge I was never going to receive one. Unless it was a wrong number.

11 comments:

  1. Lol. Definitely the only kind of Netflix and chill I get round to!

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  2. hahaha! I have heard this phrase but didn't know it means until now!
    To me it means watching Netflix and chilling and always will. lol

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  3. OMG I'm so glad you wrote about this as I thought it meant Netflix and sex!! Haha, oops, glad I didn't actually say it out loud to anyone!

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  4. This made me chuckle away to myself (no hubby on couch so I've had to pause Sherlock for the 2nd time, been trying to watch for a wk) and no. I've never heard of that. So much for being a cool/rad/bitchin'aunt to a teenage niece...

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  5. This made me chuckle away to myself (no hubby on couch so I've had to pause Sherlock for the 2nd time, been trying to watch for a wk) and no. I've never heard of that. So much for being a cool/rad/bitchin'aunt to a teenage niece...

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  6. I am definitely on the same wavelength as you. What happened to booty calls?! The TV watching in my house definitely has nothing to do with naughties! x

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  7. Haha I keep hearing this phrase and I had to google it...the shame! Netflix and Chill in our house definitely means sitting down to watch something my husband wants to watch and me snoozing under a granny blanket. There is no sex involved!!

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  8. Wow! I had no idea it meant THAT. I naively assumed it meant just sitting and watching TV. I'm totally with you for claiming it back to mean exactly what it says on the tin.

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  9. I recently discovered this is what it meant, too, as my husband shared it with me - he works with a youth and is totally down with the kids. Oh dear, I fear that's not a 'trendy' phrase either, is it? Anyway, I am totally with you on every single thing here, let's reclaim it! x

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  10. This really cracked me up, led me to actually Google Netflix and chill, finding some very funny memes!!! In definitely in the what it says on the tin camp! X Julia @ rainbeaubelle

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  11. Lol definitely the sort of Netflix and chill most parents will relate to.

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