Netflix n’ Chill’s inappropriate nature calls for reflection


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Jonathan Lee, asst. opinions editor

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Netflix is a great phenomenon that is probably known by everyone in the United States. Netflix provides you “Friends” when you don’t have any on a Saturday night or an enemy when you end up binge watching until three in the morning and realize you haven’t started your homework.

Netflix has been a major part of many people’s lives, but slithering in–out of nowhere–“Netflix n’ chill” had started to trend. Netflix n’ chill has become a popular saying among teens and young adults, that essentially means, “Wanna hook up?”  It has become popularized through different social platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Vine. Many celebrities, like Nicki Minaj and Amy Schumer, have also publicized it on their accounts.

Although this trend has been popularizing for quite some time, this idea of hooking up shouldn’t be exposed to children in any way. The idea of hooking up is based on a person’s decision and what they choose to do with their life. We can’t tell people to stop hooking up, because many will disagree for their own reasons, which I respect. But what we can agree on is that hook-up culture shouldn’t be exposed to children. Sure, the actual phrase “Netflix n’ chill” seems harmless, but when kids choose to find out more about it soon after exposure, it will only lead to negative effects.

This also leads to the question the celebrities we choose to follow: are they actually role models? I happen to follow Nicki Minaj on Instagram, and she recently posted a photo of a pregnant woman, with “Straight Outta Netflix n’ Chill”. In this case, she basically popularizes the new trend to everyone following her, and she has an audience of about 34 million followers on Instagram. I totally believe that everyone has the right to post or express themselves in any way they choose to, but at the same time, Nicki Minaj probably has a wide audience of young people, and this only leads to more kids being exposed to this trend.

The truth of the matter is that we can avoid all of this by having Netflix just be Netflix. I’m not saying that everyone should stop saying it, because I know people still will. But, being high schoolers and growing with maturity, I think it’s fair to say that we can limit ourselves to this trend. To be honest, I myself am not very mature, and you can find me in the halls of South hitting the whip to the passing period bell. However, for a trend that is increasing as much as it is, I know that the worst thing for me to do is to promote it. Let’s go back to the intended purpose of Netflix, and just click to watch the next episode.