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Parent need to watch their teen children’s shows to feel closer to them : Netflix Study

MUMBAI Each day, many parents around the world are eager to connect with their teens, and contrary to popular belief, teens really do want to open up. With 70 per cent of parents and 66 per cent of teens wishing they had more to talk about with one another, Internet TV network Netflix was left wondering where’s the common ground? Turns out, entertainment is the answer.

Are parents seriously watching their teens favourite shows?: Parents admit (80 per cent) they are already watching shows like ‘Arrow’, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and ‘Stranger Things’ to feel closer to their teenager. And three quarters (74 per cent) of teens are on board, saying they’d be interested in talking to parents about the shows they watch, with both sides (89 per cent of parents; 70 per cent of teens) seeing it as a strong way to bond.

Bridging the conversation gap: While 56 per cent of parents think it’s tough to talk to teens, nearly all parents (93 per cent) around the world feel that watching their TV shows will give them more to talk about and 78 per cent of teens agree. Not only that, but watching your teen’s shows every now and then inspires more than just small talk.

Tackling tough topics: When it comes to tough conversations (think sex, bullying and stress), parents (79 per cent) and teens (65 per cent) agree that watching the same shows could help start a dialogue. And most teens (71 per cent) even admit that having their parents watch their favourite shows could help them better understand what’s going on in their lives.

So what should parents be watching?: According to teens, content found in shows like ‘Arrow’, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Daredevil’, ‘Friends’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ might give parents and teens more to talk about and even help parents better relate to them.