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Kill Your TV Before It Kills You

In my ongoing cautionary tale regarding our relationship with media, I offer the results of a recent study from Australia. People who watched 6 hours of TV on average shortened their life span by five years.

Put another way, after the age of 25, watching 1 hour of TV costs you 22 minutes. That is like smoking 2 cigarettes (one sucks 11 minutes of life from you times 2).

Now this doesn’t mean that there are these weird invisible rays flowing from the screen, drawing your life force from you. When we spend a lot of time in front of the TV, we tend to eat without thinking and are less physically active. This puts us at greater risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, not to mention loneliness and depression.

So a simple suggestion.

Stop being a couch potato or you might wind up becoming mashed spuds.