The Netflix Break-Up Email

Hi, you,

Let me just start by saying that this is the hardest email I’ve ever had to write. It’s probably more painful for me to write than it will be for you to read, because I really do not do well with confrontation and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially in the new year. So, please, just remember that this is hurting me, too—but I think it will hurt us both a little less as an e-mail rather than an in-person conversation.

When I was home for the holidays, I had the chance to do some thinking. Really, all I did in between opening presents with my family and going out drinking with my high school friends was think about you and this situation we’ve found ourselves in. After all the thinking (really, so much thinking), I was able to come to a decision. It’s time. I need to change my Netflix password and I’m not going to share it with anyone anymore. Please know that it’s not you, it’s me.


I don’t think I can emotionally handle the seriousness of sharing a Netflix account. I wasn’t ready for this kind of commitment—I rushed into it, following my generous heart instead of my logical brain. I’m too young to be tied down and forced to scroll through what you’ve recently watched to get to the show I left off binge-watching. The other day, I couldn’t even stream a movie because too many people were using my account at once. I need to be able to have the freedom to stream when I want to!

Anyway, you deserve better than me—I know you hate rom-coms and since those are my favorite, your wants and my queue just aren’t meshing. I really need to take some time to focus on myself, my needs, and building the “top picks” line-up I want to watch at this point in my life. With your love of foreign films and documentaries, we’re just on two different paths right now.


So I’m cutting the cord. It is time we stream our separate ways and start to see other movies and TV shows.

I hope you understand and I hope we can still be friends. I still love you. I’m just not in love…with the recommendations your movie picks generate.

Goodbye, for now,

Submitted by: Jessica MacLeish


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