LifestyleNetflix's "Love Never Lies": A controversial probe into the normalization of infidelity

Netflix's "Love Never Lies": A controversial probe into the normalization of infidelity

Research shows that infidelities are becoming increasingly common.
Research shows that infidelities are becoming increasingly common.
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12:58 PM EST, February 9, 2024

In "Love Never Lies", six couples move into a luxurious mansion, and their relationships are put to a major test – they spend time separately and meet attractive singles. The selected individuals bear a marked resemblance to their partners, either in appearance or in character.

Throughout the program, the participants respond to various questions about their relationship. Their responses are verified through an 'Eye Detector' system. If the detector catches a participant lying, the entire group loses money. The most honest couple comes out as the winner of the show.

"Love Never Lies'" on Netflix and how infidelities are managed

The producers strategically choose individuals that have had challenging experiences or are having tumultuous moments in their relationships. For instance, 21-year-old Sandra forgave her boyfriend Bill's infidelity involving six different people. The couple decided to appear in the show to address and work through their past issues but the 20-year-old went on to commit another act of infidelity on camera.

On the other hand, Amanda and Kornel, a couple for nine years and engaged for two, faced various challenges due to Kornel working abroad. In the program trailer, they explained that they wanted to be certain of their feelings and future plans. However, Amanda committed infidelity on camera with a man she'd met just days earlier, further straining their relationship.

Does "Love Never Lies" normalize infidelity?

The Netflix show, especially its emotional and explosive finale, sparked diverse reactions among viewers. Social media platforms saw an influx of comments and advice for the show's participants. Psychologist and sexologist Amanda Staniszewska-Celer notes that shows of such nature, focusing on intimate relationships, dramas, and infidelities, can influence viewers' attitudes towards infidelity and trust within relationships. "Consistent exposure to stories involving infidelity could lead to its normalization, making it appear as a more common or acceptable practice," suggests Amanda.

She further adds, "Such shows can reinforce stereotypes about relationships and infidelity. They can foster jealousy and distrust. Viewers, who may have had pre-existing doubts about their partner's fidelity, may feel more apprehensive after watching a program that centers on deception and secrets. On the other hand, individuals who previously had no reason for concern may start second-guessing their partner's actions, interpreting innocent behaviors as potential signs of infidelity."

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