Where does the good go

I may not even have time to draft my will at this rate


And the findings were sobering: Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.

By comparison, smoking a single cigarette reduces life expectancy by about 11 minutes, the authors said.

Looking more broadly, they concluded that an adult who spends an average of six hours a day watching TV over the course of a lifetime can expect to live 4.8 years fewer than a person who does not watch TV.

Those results hold true, the authors point out, even for people who exercise regularly. It appears, Dr. Veerman says, that “a person who does a lot of exercise but watches six hours of TV” every night “might have a similar mortality risk as someone who does not exercise and watches no TV.”

3 Responses to “I may not even have time to draft my will at this rate”

  1. Astin Says:

    Talk about a study trying to get attention! It’s about sitting. So TV, reading, playing a game, or starting at a wall all have the same effect.

    But that wall ain’t gonna stare at itself!

  2. Dawn Says:


  3. Yaron Says:

    Scary! I don’t know, maybe it’s just TV – maybe real life is like a very slow-motion version of that movie, The Ring.

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