While “Netflix and Chill” is an ongoing joke in today’s hookup culture, now we’re learning it may actually be a saving grace. New studies show that if you aren’t Netflix and chilling, you may be Netflix and killing… yourself. YIKES.
When it comes to Netflix, we know there’re only two ways people really watch it: 1. when they’re just letting it play in the background while they have sex (what “Netflix and chill” really means in case you’ve somehow missed that memo), or 2. when they’re by themselves binge-watching episode after episode with the biggest bowl of ice-cream (no judgement here).
And, although we’re all for flying solo and stuffing your face while Netflixin’, apparently doing a little humpin’ is the better option for your health — who knew?
“Bingeing on TV box-sets could be fatal, research suggests,” reports The Telegraph. “Hours of inactivity slumped in front of a television sharply raises the risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs,” scientists say.
The site revealed that “a Japanese team studied the TV viewing habits of more than 86,000 people” and “found that every additional two hours of viewing per day increased the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism by 40 percent.”
“Pulmonary embolism is a highly dangerous condition closely linked to inactivity.
It usually begins as a clot in the leg or pelvis, but can become particularly dangerous if it breaks free and travels to the lung, becoming lodged in a small blood vessel, where it is particularly dangerous,” explained The Telegraph.
“Participants who watched five or more hours of programs daily were more than twice as likely to die over the following 19 years than those who watched less than two and a half hours,” the research found.
Dr. Toru Shirakawa, one of the researchers, even warned against lengthy viewing sessions that might involve back-to-back episodes of a favorite series.
“Nowadays, with online video streaming, the term ‘binge-watching’ to describe viewing multiple episodes of television programs in one sitting has become popular,” he said. “This popularity may reflect.”
Thankfully, there is a way to still watch your shows and remain safe — every once in a while, just take a break from being such a couch potato (easier said than done, we know)!
“After an hour or so, stand up, stretch, walk around, or while you’re watching TV, tense and relax your leg muscles for five minutes,” recommended another lead researcher, Professor Hiroyasu Iso, adding that “drinking water and losing weight may also help.”
Are you guilty of binge-watching? Let us know in the comments!
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