Every Hour Of TV You Watch After Age 25 Shortens Your Life By 21.8 Minutes

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Dead man sitting.

Every hour of TV you watch after age 25 shortens your life by 21.8 minutes, says a study by a bunch of researchers in Australia.Seriously.

Apparently prior studies have shown that watching a lot of TV shortens your life expectancy, but the exact amount it shortens it had never been quantified.

And now it has been!

More details:

  • Compared with those who watch no TV, people who watch 6 or more hours a day live 4.8 years less.
  • Women who watch a lot of TV live 1.5 years less than those who don’t
  • Men who watch a lot of TV live 1.8 years less than those who don’t

Not surprisingly, there’s a huge “uncertainty interval” in the study. So go ahead and keep the boob tube on while you rationalize it away.

See the study >

(This study comes via Paul Kedrosky, who alerts us to all sorts of awesome stuff all the time. You can follow him here or read his blog, Infectious Greed, here.)