We know that we're spending more time with Netflix than friends, but what about that friend who you watch Netflix with? How do you know you can trust them to wait for you before watching the next episode of Bloodline? As Jack told Greg Focker, you can never really trust another human being.
Humanity's inability to wait just one goddamn day before watching Game of Thrones so we can all watch it together, has spawned an amazing innovation. Netflix commitment rings, helping two people make a binding commitment to watch a show together, and only together.
Here's how it works: Each set of commitment rings comes with two rings that connect to an app. In the app, shows are selected that the ring-wearing duo commits to watch only when they are together. The shows can be on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime or a couple other services. Once the app is connected to your account it will stop the account from playing the selected shows unless both rings are present.
It's like Captain Planet, except when your rings combine you don't save the Earth from imploding as much as you eat a family-sized bag of Doritos and spray cheese on Wonder Bread while watching The Walking Dead for four straight hours.
It's not just a clever use of NFC technology, the rings are solving a "real" problem. Data from Netflix says that over 28 million have cheated on their Netflix partners.
The rings, made by the British ice cream company Cornetto (because you've got to diversify), aren't available yet, but you can get notified when they become available at SeriesCommitment.com. They're the perfect gift to tell a loved one that you have trust issues that are small and charming now, but are sure to blossom into something worse in the not too distant future.