A quarter of Irish people have chosen their favourite box set over sex with their partner, a new survey reveals.
Ireland’s love affair with television goes deep as 25 pc admit to choosing an episode of their favourite TV show over spending 'alone time' with their significant other.
The survey carried out on behalf of Sky Ireland found that 42 pc of Irish people often traded a few hours of sleep for an extra episode or two.
Almost 70 pc of respondents said they delayed their normal bedtime by up to two hours to watch a box set, while with a further 28 pc often chose to stay up an extra three to five hours.
Nearly 25 pc said they regularly binged on five to six hours of a box set in one sitting, with one in ten saying they avoided spending time with their children so they could catch up on their favourite series.
Included in the survey was a break down of Ireland’s favourite shows.
Topping of the list was The Sopranos followed by The Wire, True Detective and Modern Family.
“The scope and production quality of TV series these days is quite remarkable and is without doubt fuelling our appetite for box sets,” said Ann-Marie MacKay, Sky Ireland’s Director of Products and Customer Growth.
“The beauty of the box set is that all the episodes of your favourite series are available at the push of a button, so if you feel like getting through a whole series in two days, you can.”
The survey coincides with the launch of Sky Ireland’s new ‘Sky Box Set’ as part of its On Demand service, which offers more than 300 complete box sets of popular television series.
According to Sky, nearly half of customers in Ireland have already connected their Sky+HD box to their broadband connection to access Sky’s On Demand service.