Every Hour Of TV Can Shorten Your Life By 22 Minutes

kids-and-tvAnd after the age of 25, watching 60 minutes of television is like smoking two cigarettes! From MSNBC:

Watching an hour of TV after the age of 25 can shorten the viewer’s life by just under 22 minutes, according to researchers in Australia.

The AFP news agency said scientists at the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland studied 11,000 Australian adults who were aged at least 25 in the year 2000.

The academics checked their data against an estimate from 2008 that Australians aged 25 or above watched TV for 9.8 billion hours. This was associated with the loss of 286,000 years of life, the AFP said.

An extrapolation of these figures found that a single hour of TV was responsible for the loss of just under 22 minutes of life, the news agency reported.

Smoking two cigarettes has approximately the same effect.

The problem is not actually TV itself but the lack of activity by the viewer for long periods, the researches said. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, excess weight and other health problems are associated with a sedentary lifestyle…

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  • DeepCough

    This sounds plausible, but it must also be noted that those same 22 minutes in that hour of television are used to sell products which aren’t exactly good for you, for the the most part.

  • DeepCough

    This sounds plausible, but it must also be noted that those same 22 minutes in that hour of television are used to sell products which aren’t exactly good for you, for the the most part.

  • DeepCough

    This sounds plausible, but it must also be noted that those same 22 minutes in that hour of television are used to sell products which aren’t exactly good for you, for the the most part.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    I was under the impression that every hour of TV you watch shortens your life by an hour.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    I was under the impression that every hour of TV you watch shortens your life by an hour.

  • SJax

    Is looking at a computer screen the same thing?

    • quartz99

      If you’re just sitting at the computer and not standing and moving around? Yes.

      In other words, that cubicle job really is killing you. Your life is four hours shorter for every 8hr day you spend in your cube.

      This is why I’ve started standing at my computer half the time. You can get standing desks.

    • http://twitter.com/redmotion_games Jason Wells

      For every week you work in an office you loose 13.75hrs of life. Or 27.5 days of your life lost for every year you work. Or 3.3 full years lost for 45 years of work (average).

      Doesn’t matter when you die anyway. When you die you die. The only people effected are the others around you. You won’t even notice.

  • SJax

    Is looking at a computer screen the same thing?

  • Rex Vestri

    Every hour of TV you watch makes you dumber too if you’re watching Fox News Channel.

    That explains why there are so many Republicans who are dumber than owl shit. ;)

  • Rex Vestri

    Every hour of TV you watch makes you dumber as well if you’re watching Fox News Channel.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re just sitting at the computer and not standing and moving around? Yes.

    In other words, that cubicle job really is killing you. Your life is four hours shorter for every 8hr day you spend in your cube.

    This is why I’ve started standing at my computer half the time. You can get standing desks.

  • David Crowe

    This Hour Has Twenty Two Minutes

  • David Crowe

    This Hour Has Twenty Two Minutes

  • respect cult

    umm constant labor can kill you too. it a double edge.

  • respect cult

    umm constant labor can kill you too. it a double edge.

  • respect cult

    umm constant labor can kill you too. it a double edge.

  • respect cult

    umm constant labor can kill you too. it a double edge.

  • G3artist

    This article has just shortened my life, by stealing the amount of time it took to read it.

  • G3artist

    This article has just shortened my life, by stealing the amount of time it took to read it.

  • G3artist

    This article has just shortened my life, by stealing the amount of time it took to read it.

  • G3artist

    This article has just shortened my life, by stealing the amount of time it took to read it.

  • Nan

    And every hour of being in front of a computer, iPad, etc?
    The same.

  • Nan

    And every hour of being in front of a computer, iPad, etc?
    The same.

  • Nan

    And every hour of being in front of a computer, iPad, etc?
    The same.

  • MK9

    BREAKING NEWS: People die. Unhealthy people die quicker.

  • MK9

    BREAKING NEWS: People die. Unhealthy people die quicker.

  • http://twitter.com/redmotion_games Jason Wells

    For every week you work in an office you loose 13.75hrs of life. Or 27.5 days of your life lost for every year you work. Or 3.3 full years lost for 45 years of work (average).

    Doesn’t matter when you die anyway. When you die you die. The only people effected are the others around you. You won’t even notice.

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