Your TV is trying to kill you.
A couple studies were done in Australia earlier this year to help quantify the effects of channel-surfing on your life expectancy.
Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.
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.
The researchers then cross-referenced sitting time with health outcomes, and found that those people with the “highest sedentary behavior,” meaning those who sat the most, had a 112 percent increase in their relative risk of developing diabetes; a 147 percent increase in their risk for cardiovascular disease; and a 49 percent greater risk of dying prematurely — even if they regularly exercised.