Marriage means shared living space, shared money, shared dreams, shared chores and, well, sharing everything. And by “everything,” we mean your Netflix queue and Spotify playlists. Some couples even share Facebook or e-mail accounts. As problems can arise from sharing a bank account, they also can occur when the two of you split time streaming songs to your smartphone with Spotify or decide what shows to record on the family’s digital video recorder.
Most of the services can be used on tons of devices, from phones to gaming consoles and even your TV and computer. Lots of homes are have lots of electronic toys, and deciding how to share them can cause the occasional dust up.
“It comes up on a nightly basis at my house,” said Brier Jirka, sex therapist with Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center Pelvic Pain and Sexual Medicine Center.
Matt Baum almost kicked his wife, Kacie, off of their shared Spotify account. Kacie uses the music service, which allows you to stream almost any song to your phone or computer, when she runs and when she’s at work.
While they don’t disagree when it’s time to watch movies on Netflix, the Baums have completely different tastes in music. He likes metal and rock. She likes pop and hip-hop.
Things came to a head when she listened to the pop band Owl City. Spotify posted to Matt’s Facebook account that he had been listening to Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen and other sugary pop groups. That didn’t sit well, especially considering he’s a drummer in some rock bands that definitely don’t lean toward pop sounds.
“He was the one that begged me and begged me to use his account and use his own playlists,” she said. “When I did it, he got all bent out of shape because he didn’t appreciate my terrible taste in music.”
His indie rock buddies and other friends mocked him mercilessly.
“I was running and I kept getting text messages,” Kacie Baum said. “I looked down and it was like, ‘BABE!,’ in all capital letters. ‘We need to have a talk when you get home.’
“Then it said ‘OWL CITY!? I draw the line!’”
He hasn’t kicked her off. Yet. They still share the account, but Kacie uses a different account when she’s at the office. That might ease the tension.
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