By Jim Scott
British adults spend "eight times longer" watching on-demand TV like Netflix than exercising, reports the London Evening Standard. The study, which was made available in September, showed out of 2,000 surveyed the average UK person spent 12 hours a week on Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Amazon. Comparatively, the study suggested 90 minutes was the average time spent per week in physical exercise. But as the study reveals Briton’s love watching TV, are they watching too much of it?
Earlier this week, the world’s first "Netflix addict" was admitted to rehabilitation after he admitted to spending more than seven hours a day, watching TV programmes and films over-and-over again. USA Today reports, the man, from India could not "put the remote down" and derived "immense pleasure" from his actions watching the on-demand service. But as this is the only known case of a Netflix "addict" checking into rehab, are viewers in general watching in moderation. According to Moneyish, they are not.
It said people "spend more time on Netflix than bonding" with children. The repeat analysis from the Streaming Observer, that the average user spent 1 hour and 11 minutes each day on the site whilst families only spent 34 to 37 minutes with their children. This is not helped by the fact that the world’s children are becoming increasingly "addicted" to their phones. The New York times reports 73 percent of 13 to 17-year-olds owned a phone and 24 percent of those admitted to being "online" almost "constantly".
Netflix caters for the children sector. The site has films and TV programmes dedicated to the under 18’s. But watching too much TV could cause problems in later life. A 2013 study from Harvard University explained men who watched TV for more than 20 hours per week had a sperm count 44 per cent lower than those that did not. However, actual degenerative effects from consuming too much TV does not damage eyes according to Scientific American who calls it a myth.
An eye health expert said watching TV close up would "not cause any physical damage to your eyes". The expert said eye strain could still occur but usually is relieved once a person goes to sleep.
In the UK, the NHS did previously warn about the risks of potential obesity as a result of a lack of excessive through watching excessive TV. It said children with TV’s in their bedrooms were more likely to be overweight whilst advising there was no direct link. It was suggested it indirectly contributed to a person’s reluctance to exercise consistently