I heard a few weeks ago that a couple of researchers have discovered that if you watch an hour of television after the age of about twenty five, you lose twenty two minutes off your life. The Guardian ran an article here that explains the whys and wherefores far more accurately and succinctly than I can.
I have, however, taken the opportunity to sit down with a post-it note and a calculator. If you are of a mathematical disposition, please feel free to check my sums. I have checked them myself, twice, but am so stunned by the figures that I wonder if I haven't made a mistake.
I am now 44. That's 19 years of television watching since I was 25.
Before we start, please bear in mind, my variables.
- firstly, I am going to work out days wasted in relation to waking hours (each day as 16 hours of awake time, approximately)
- secondly, I am going to assume that I didn't watch television on holiday (each year is therefore 50 weeks long)
- thirdly, I am going to reduce the adult years I've been watching television by 1.5 as the Worker and I had a lovely trip just before we got married
It's 19 years less 1.5 travelling years of watching television
TOTAL 17.5 years = 875 weeks (based on a 50 week year) = 6,125 days (wow)
I would estimate, conservatively, that I watch 2 hours of television per day (not including DVDs). This would work out to be 13,250 hours (yikes)
Based on the assumption that every hour loses me 22 minutes, my calculation runs something like this.
13,250 (hours watched) x 22 (minutes lost) = 291,500 minutes (4,858 hours) lost from my life
4,858 divided by 16 hours = 303 working days lost, gone, almost a year - how scary is that.
In addition to the 303 hours I've potentially lost, I've also wasted 828 entire working awake days watching the flickery box in the corner. That's 1,133 days, over 3 years. Gone. And that's a conservative estimate.
I can't bring myself to write about the highs and lows of my televisual viewing. However it's definitely time to 'switch off the television set and go and do something less boring instead'
Are you brave enough to do the telly maths?