Lifespan Shortened by TV Watching

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine said TV watching can shorten one’s lifespan by twenty-two minutes for each hour watched. It also said individuals who watch TV for six hours on average, live five years less than people who don’t watch it at all. It isn’t just the TV watching that is the problem, it is the sedentary lifestyle associated with watching TV. People who don’t exercise are much more prone to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and excessive TV watching means a person’s waking hours are organized in part around not moving very much. The study noted that TV watching can be compared to other unhealthy activities, such as smoking, for impact on lifespans, “the data discovered in the study proposes watching TV can be as dangerous as pre-established life expectancy lowering behaviors like smoking and not getting enough exercise. For every cigarette smoked, a smoker loses 11 minutes of his or her life, which is exactly half the amount reduced by watching an hour of television.” (Source:

Another potential contributor to the unhealthy practice of excessive TV watching is the fact some people eat junk food while watching it, or overeat while watching it because they are less likely to pay attention to how much they are eating. The study analyzed data from 11,000 people 25 years old and above from Australia. TV watching could also said to reduce ones lifespan because it literally means one is not participating in life, instead choosing a passive, virtual reality which is often more about escapism than reality.

Some people are not particularly concerned with such research studies and use the relative risk concept–they would rather engage in hedonistic pursuits for the pleasure involved, knowing there are risks, and thus taking their chances. Others are more disciplined and limit their “screen time”–whether it is TV, computer or mobile device use.

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Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

That's silly. Watching t.v. doesn't do that to you.

Darren Woolsey
Darren Woolsey4 years ago

As I've grown older, my TV watching has diminished to the point, where I watch BBC News 24 whilst enjoying a meal, then Doctor Who, then Snooker, then maybe a science program, then, then, then... I used to really enjoy advertisement, and marvel at how much detail could be put into 30 seconds of prime time.

I've been trying to find the source and/or origin of the famous line, "TV killed the art of conversation" without any success, but in reflection, TV and more recently, the advent of more sophisticated technologies such as the mobile cellphone, iPad, and things such as Plasma Blue Ray / HD TV, has created a world in which people engage and sometimes disconnect completely from their families, and even friends.

The mobile cellphone has also created its own language, text-speak.

The world wide web I think has resulted in greater dysfunctionality between friends and family than anything else, and if you've got that on your cellphone, you'll end up wasting hours before you even realize it, and yet, paradoxically, the technology has also broadened people's ability to engage with and communicate with distant relatives, created entire businesses and industries, and opened up the beauty and horror of that reality can be, depending on what you gravitate to.

As regards a "Lifespan", every being has a span of life to life, from the most miniscule to the most massive galaxy, the difference being only one of scale. We can comprehend some of this; some of it, we naturally cann

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

I do watch PBS, MSNBC, Jeopardy!, and Daily Show and Colbert...

Robert O.
Robert O4 years ago

It'll be especially shortened by those idiotic reality TV shows, talk shows and some of those offensive comedies. If you do watch a lot of TV, stick very close to PBS.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Eddie C.
Past Member 5 years ago

I havent owned a TV in 7 years, but this computer is its evil twin.....

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago

thank you :)

New G.
W. C5 years ago

Thank you.