The Walking Dead: People are lying about watching the show

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While many people don’t watch AMC’s The Walking Dead, there is a large percentage of folks out there who are willing to lie about watching it to fit in.

I love talking with my friends after each new episode of The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead. In fact, a majority of the people I know watch AMC’s zombie survival dramas and seem to be completely up to date on the events that are happening.

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But not everyone watches these hit shows. As a fan of both The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, I understand that other people might not share my love for the show. If they decide not to watch it, that’s fine. That’s their decision. However, some folks aren’t willing to admit that they don’t watch the most popular show on cable television.

According to a recent article on the Forbes website, many people who don’t watch AMC’s zombie shows feel the need to lie about actually watching them in order to be a part of conversations and impress their friends.

The numbers are staggering, as Forbes released these numbers about people lying about watching The Walking Dead as well as HBO’s Game of Thrones:

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"“A startling 38% of 18-34 year olds – apparently feel in this  frightful situation that we’re prepared to flat out lie to our nearest and dearest and make out we’ve actually seen the show when we haven’t.”"

This information was acquired by Roku, when compiling information for International Streaming Day on May 20. 2016. Interestingly enough, the lying is actually used as a tool to avoid social interactions or show up late.

"“The survey also claims, for instance, that what it calls ‘Fear of Missing Out’ (FOMO for short) on a popular TV show or film has caused 43% of 18-34 year olds to blow out social plans so that they can watch streamed content, while no less than 64% of 18-34 year olds have turned up late to a social occasion because they wanted to watch the end of a streamed show or film.”"

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While both The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead are excellent shows, there is no reason to lie about not watching them. Most people understand that not every show appeals to everyone else. Don’t be embarrassed or feel the need to lie about not being a regular viewer of these shows. That’s the beauty of television, as it provides many options for viewers of all tastes.