“Netflix & Chill”: Origin & Meaning

Although the expression “Netflix and chill” has gained popularity and doesn’t appear to be going out of style anytime soon, it seems like some people are still living in the stone age and don’t know what it means. Therefore, we’re here to help you out.

Rewind to 2009 when people were logging routine personal updates on Twitter, which, in case you didn’t know, is essentially how it was originally utilized. Without any sexual overtones, Twitter user @NoFaceNina stated, “I’m about to Netflix and chill for the rest of the night.” How pristine. So healthy.

“Netflix and chill” then had a life of its own once the internet did its thing and gave the term the meme treatment. By April 2015, it has been added to the infamous Urban Dictionary, which allows users to contribute their own words to the collection of terms used by today’s youth. Its definition reads: “code for two people going to each other’s houses and having sexual intercourse or doing other sexual related acts.”

Even Netflix contributed to the innuendo by tweeting, “Netflix and chill? with a GIF from “Clueless.”

The movie you’re about to watch probably isn’t on your mind when you’re getting ready to “Netflix and Chill.” However, you might want to check that whatever is playing in the background is either setting the right mood or isn’t too distracting.

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