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Addicted to Wasting Time

I cancelled my Netflix subscription. I was falling down the vortex of the ultimate time waster. I admit it I am a TV-aholic. I can’t sit in a room with a television on and participate in a focused conversation. It was going from bad to worse. In the moment it doesn’t seem critical, and then you realize you have finished a season of “24″ in a week, and it was 24 episodes long. There’s no getting that time back.

Beyond wasting time, the affects on the human body are truly depressing.

Let’s start with calorie consumption. Generally speaking, a person weighing 150 lb. will burn 68 calories while watching an hour of television. That is just 10 calories more than what the human body uses to stay alive in that same period of time. That is, the calories consumed to keep organs functioning, blood flowing, etc. Perhaps that doesn’t sound like a big deal until you add the snacks that you may consume while you’re watching television. There it is – the perfect storm for weight gain.

The bad stuff doesn’t stop there. Let’s consider the effects of the blue light emitted from those screens that we are glued to. This is where things get really scary.

That blue light is great during the daylight hours. It boosts our energy levels, and our moods. But, our bodies use light to determine the difference between day and night. When the blue light is present at night it keeps us awake, and that throws off our biological clock. It’s known as the circadian rhythm. When that is out of whack our sleep suffers, and then we suffer! No amount of coffee will fix that!

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

The best thing to do, is to get away from those screens as much as you can, especially after the sun goes down.  Be realistic about using them. I sure have a lot more time, and the house is cleaner than it’s been in while.

Something to think about.