My favorite thing about Netflix is the way it predicts the shows and movies I’ll like. Now, I’ve been a loyal Netflix customer for about five years. Over that time, Netflix got to know me on a deep level. It had been years, so I just chalked up all the super-accurate Netflix recommendations to my constant usage and consistency in my go-to genres. But recently, I conducted an experiment…accidentally.
This month, I let my personal account expire in favor of hopping on my mom’s family plan. So far, I have only watched FOUR things: one episode of Law and Order: SVU (you’ve already heard about my obsession with this show) and three horror movies, each of which I only watched half of. My Netflix recommendations are already perfectly customized to my tastes. OBSERVE!
I’m a Netflix stream team member. All content and thoughts are my own.
Not only does it remind me to finish the movies I didn’t get around to finishing, it also recommends other horror movies it thinks I’ll like, as well as a handful of other shows and movies: Family Guy (love it), Scandal (good idea, haven’t watched it yet), and a romantic movie (I’m a sucker for those).
It gets even better. Check this out.
Somehow, even though I haven’t watched either of these shows on my new account, it knows I’m obsessed (to put it lightly) with American Horror Story and Grey’s Anatomy. Guilty as charged. Seen every episode of both. Netflix used my interest in those two shows to deduce that I’d like shows about hauntings, and even somehow that I would enjoy American Dad. Which I do!
So, look, Netflix, I don’t know if you have a bug on my apartment or if your algorithms are just incredibly sophisticated, but you’re good. Really good. Let me know if you wanna grab a drink sometime, because I think we may be soulmates.