Wednesday, August 17

It's not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow I managed to fit in eight hours of TV a day.

Well this is crummy news. Watching an hour of tv a day cuts your life expectancy by 22 minutes. So really that hour of tv you watch is wasting more than an hour of your life, it's wasting almost an hour in half. Waste 3 hours watching tv, the 4rth is wasted for free. Of course this is extremely foolish. This study is almost certainly measuring correlation and not causation. The implication is that doing anything for any hour where you are not moving around will cost you 22 minutes of life. So reading for an hour, or blogging for an hour will both cost you 22 minutes. Working at a desk for 8 hours sucks almost 3 hours of your life away. That may be true to some extent, but i doubt these researchers are going to tell kids they should stop reading books (unless they are willing to runaround while reading them of course.) I have read suggestions of getting standing desk so you have to stand over them, instead of sitting at them, and that could be good, but these researchers don't mention it, even though people spend far more time hunched over a desk than watching tv. Ultimately the point of this study is that people who watch the most tv, (as opposed to reading/working at a desk) also tend to be the laziest, and so they probably also exercise the least, eat the worst, have worse jobs, worse health care and die the earliest. That's not exactly news, but it is kind of funny.


Blogger Aras said...

Funny? Yeah, hilarious!

I wonder how much an hour of strenuous activity takes off? Certainly an hour of pro wresting takes off way more than 22 minutes.

3:11 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

can't spend your whole life worrying about what will kill you. In fact scientist would probably find out that worrying about what will kill will kill you.

11:42 PM  

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