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(News.com.au)   Every hour of TV shortens your life by 22 minutes. Numbers for FARK use still confidential   (news.com.au) divider line 72
    More: Scary, sedentary lifestyle, China's National Bureau of Statistics, British Journal of Sports Medicine, chronic diseases  
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2012-10-16 01:40:37 AM
I should probably be dead by now, in that case.
 
2012-10-16 01:44:25 AM
Well, I'm turning on that TV, because every hour of any other kind of activity shortens your life by a full hour. See you in the future, suckers!
 
2012-10-16 01:45:13 AM
Actually, no, every hour of television-watching shortens your life by 1 hour; you just spent it watching tv and you'll never get it back.

/turn it off, please!
//or not, i don't really give 2 sh*ts what you do as long as you stay out of my way
 
2012-10-16 01:46:34 AM
Those 22 minutes are the commercials.
 
2012-10-16 01:56:10 AM
That doesn't even begin to sound plausible. Unless you're smoking a pack of Chesterfields every hour too.
 
2012-10-16 02:07:53 AM

Elvis_Bogart: Unless you're smoking a pack of Chesterfields every hour too.


www.smh.com.au
 
2012-10-16 02:36:57 AM
Did you know that 37.6 percent of statistics are totally made up?
 
2012-10-16 04:29:51 AM

bingethinker: Did you know that 37.6 percent of statistics are totally made up?


That's okay. Only 5/4 understand fractions.
 
2012-10-16 05:49:43 AM
Wow, so the hipsters who don't own TVs are becoming a race of super men.
 
2012-10-16 06:55:53 AM

Mugato: Wow, so the hipsters who don't own TVs are becoming a race of super men.


Homo Smugbastertdus?
 
2012-10-16 06:57:40 AM
Well, time to put warning labels on everything. You only need one style of warning label for everything from the TV to fast food wrappers to your potentially homicidal cat/dog/kids to cigarettes. A short, sweet "you will die" should suffice.
 
2012-10-16 07:24:19 AM
We did it first eh?
http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/
 
2012-10-16 07:24:53 AM
And how does pulling numbers out of your ass affect life expectantly?
 
2012-10-16 07:34:14 AM

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Well, time to put warning labels on everything. You only need one style of warning label for everything from the TV to fast food wrappers to your potentially homicidal cat/dog/kids to cigarettes. A short, sweet "you will die" should suffice.


Not if you don't watch TV. The internet told me so.

/all i do is eat and shiat, i'm gonna live forever!
 
2012-10-16 07:36:21 AM
Wait, if it's sitting and watching TV, the sedentary part, that's dangerous, not the actual TV itself, then shouldn't books be similarly warned about? And computers, both work and games?

So it's chairs and sofas that should have warnings?
 
2012-10-16 07:39:55 AM
So I did 4.6 years ago?
 
2012-10-16 07:40:33 AM
*died

/so much for that joke
 
2012-10-16 07:41:48 AM
So by comparison, is sitting on my ass and working all day as bad for my health? Can I get a note from my doctor for some kind of disability pay or worker's comp? Yes, judge, I did get injured at work. What do I do? I mostly sit in front of a flickering screen and bash things with my fingers for 8 hours. Every once in a while, when it's real exciting, I get to lean over and answer the phone.
 
2012-10-16 07:44:09 AM
The study also revealed that in 2008, Australians aged 25 and older watched a total of 9.8 billion hours of TV that year alone.

Crikey!
 
2012-10-16 07:45:41 AM
Some days it never seems like enough.
 
2012-10-16 07:47:37 AM

Sybarite: The study also revealed that in 2008, Australians aged 25 and older watched a total of 9.8 billion hours of TV that year alone.

Crikey!


Somehow I missed the word "Australians" in there. Are they sure it's the TV killing them off early down there and not the native critters?
 
2012-10-16 07:50:08 AM
If you think the sedentary nature of watching TV is bad, just wait until you realize how inactive you are while sleeping. Some people spend 8 hours EVERY DAY almost motionless, letting their bodies decay into atrophied blobs of flesh. I'm never sleeping again, and as for all you sleepers out there...you disgust me.
 
2012-10-16 07:53:32 AM
It's a good thing I rarely watch TV for any length. Now, back to sitting at my computer the rest of the day.
 
2012-10-16 07:54:19 AM
Did you ever wonder how Moses and all the other people in the Bible lived so long?

No TV, duh.
 
2012-10-16 08:01:24 AM

Heist: If you think the sedentary nature of watching TV is bad, just wait until you realize how inactive you are while sleeping. Some people spend 8 hours EVERY DAY almost motionless, letting their bodies decay into atrophied blobs of flesh. I'm never sleeping again, and as for all you sleepers out there...you disgust me.


What we need to do is find a way to take the body and mind repairing that your body undergoes whilst sleeping, and activate it when sat on a sofa in front of a TV, then TV would actually be good for you.
 
2012-10-16 08:13:48 AM
Statistics show that most people that die prematurely are out doing shiat. People who sit on their fat asses watching television generally don't get shot, stabbed, run over by a cement truck, fall off of cliffs, get mauled by tigers, etc.

YMMV
 
2012-10-16 08:23:57 AM
Eh, no big loss. This includes me.
 
2012-10-16 08:32:35 AM

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Well, time to put warning labels on everything. You only need one style of warning label for everything from the TV to fast food wrappers to your potentially homicidal cat/dog/kids to cigarettes. A short, sweet "you will die" should suffice.


"You WILL die.

So do something besides sitting on your ass."


/says the guy posting on FARK
 
2012-10-16 08:33:09 AM
joke about how headline is obviously inaccurate by at least an hour
 
2012-10-16 08:40:11 AM
False. If true, most of my parents and grandparents would have never been born.
 
2012-10-16 08:42:33 AM
www.patriotledger.net

tastes like a cigarette .. should.

that's right fred flinstone endorse em so we get paid big $$$!!!
 
2012-10-16 08:59:58 AM
So every season of 24 shortened our lives by 8 hours and 48 minutes?
 
2012-10-16 09:02:22 AM
Wait, I just read more. FTFA:

"TV viewing time may be associated with a loss of life that is comparable to other major chronic disease risk factors such as physical inactivity"

"Other" risk factors such as "inactivity"????

Wouldn't inactivity be the underlying issue?
 
2012-10-16 09:29:03 AM
If I have 10 hours to live, and I spend 1 hour watching tv but my life only got shorter by 22 minutes that means I have 9:38 minutes left to live. Therefore I can triple my life span if I'm always in front of a tv. Good to know.
 
2012-10-16 09:30:03 AM
Guess I better pretend I don't even own a TV then.
 
2012-10-16 09:33:56 AM

urban.derelict: Actually, no, every hour of television-watching shortens your life by 1 hour; you just spent it watching tv and you'll never get it back.


Every hour you spend ONLY watching TV. I'll often have the TV playing last night's DVR trappings while I process inventory.
 
2012-10-16 09:34:09 AM
I don't watch television, but if I apply this same timeframe to computer usage (games, internet, movies, etc), then I, according to rough calculations, lose roughly 32 solid days of life every year, give or take a few. Apparently I've already killed myself by around 385 days, based on when I started using computers as often as I do these days. Meh, it's basically just a couple years less I'll have to live in a resthome with Alzheimers wishing I was dead, no big loss.
 
2012-10-16 09:41:07 AM
Really? I'm the Weeners this?

www.vancouversun.com 

There's gotta be at least a couple other Canadians on Fark...
 
2012-10-16 09:42:06 AM
Wonder how much life is shaved off by reading a book. Anyone seen a study on the harmful effects of reading? *crickets*
 
2012-10-16 09:52:09 AM

GibbyTheMole: Wonder how much life is shaved off by reading a book. Anyone seen a study on the harmful effects of reading? *crickets*


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-16 10:07:13 AM

Cndn Bacon: Really? I'm the Weeners this?

[www.vancouversun.com image 450x299] 

There's gotta be at least a couple other Canadians on Fark...


I'd Weeners the second fro the left.
 
2012-10-16 10:13:03 AM
That's much better than I expected.

I find that every episode of Two and a Half Men shortens your life by at least 22 minutes.

Now, apparently, I can watch two episodes of Futurama and come out ahead.

Here's the catch for all such calculations: you lose life at the end of your life-span, when you will almost certainly be old and sickly. You can watch TV NOW.

As any economist can tell you, your future time is worth a lot less than present time (there's a discount on future value of present expenditures). So 22 minutes when you are 87 and living in an oxygen tent is worth a lot less than 22 minutes when you are 47, and even less than 22 minutes when your are 17.

If you actually enjoy the TV show, go for it. If not, get up and do something else. There's no point making a fetish of longevity--it's quality times duration that matters, not simple duration.
 
2012-10-16 10:14:44 AM
What about movies, plays, concerts, shows, and other performances? If its the act of sitting and watching, those also kill you!

If its the sitting still, then for every hour sitting in a desk at school or work is killing you too!
 
2012-10-16 10:21:49 AM
That's quite a bit less then the alternatives I could be doing.
 
2012-10-16 10:38:26 AM

untaken_name: Real Women Drink Akvavit:

/all i do is eat and shiat, i'm gonna live forever!


I knew the Poodleman and he hating farking poodles.
 
2012-10-16 10:46:01 AM
What if that TV is watched while you are on a treadmill?
 
2012-10-16 10:49:22 AM

violentsalvation: Those 22 minutes are the commercials.


Basically. It means if you don't skip the commercials in an hour show, they actually waste twice as much of your time as they take to view!
 
2012-10-16 11:00:00 AM

Slaxl: Heist: If you think the sedentary nature of watching TV is bad, just wait until you realize how inactive you are while sleeping. Some people spend 8 hours EVERY DAY almost motionless, letting their bodies decay into atrophied blobs of flesh. I'm never sleeping again, and as for all you sleepers out there...you disgust me.

What we need to do is find a way to take the body and mind repairing that your body undergoes whilst sleeping, and activate it when sat on a sofa in front of a TV, then TV would actually be good for you.


I've always presumed that over-sleeping leads to an early death.

/ sleeps as little as possible, never ages.
 
2012-10-16 11:07:43 AM
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BULLshiat!
 
2012-10-16 11:24:33 AM
By that math every minute of sitting equals 22 seconds off your life.

Yes we have all these health problems but noone has boiled it down to the root cause. There are just studies like these that pretty much meant this:

1. A causes B in the presence of C under D conditions...
2. ...
3. A causes B study says
4. Watch out for A it will kill you!
5 ...
6. The new E prevents A, only $19.95 + S&H
7 Profit
8 ...
9 Class action lawsuit against the maker of E, product increases risk of B when used for A instead.
10. New study to debunk A causing B reveals that doing C while under F conditions actually prevents B while doing C under D conditions increases risk of B.
11. New wonderpill stops B! On Sale Now!
12. Study suggests wonderpill is placebo, users still at risk of B.


All the while about 4 minutes of life ticked away while reading this.
 
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