We Literally Spend More Time Watching Netflix Than We Do In The Gym Or With Friends

May 19, 2016  |  



Where would we be without the technological advancements of the last 20 years or so? Probably somewhere still flipping through Encylopedia Britannica to do research projects, taking calls on landline phones, and you know, actually having to interact with people. The way we do things has changed to the point that we have just about any and everything at our fingertips, including full seasons of television and obscure but awesome indie films we binge-watch until the wee hours of the morning. But according to a new study by Cord Cutting, we actually spend more time with our Netflix than we do with just about any and everything else.

According to their data, which came from the number of streaming hours per day that was reported by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, then divided by the number of subscribers and compared to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average Netflix lover spends about an hour and 40 minutes watching each day. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent survey on American Time Use, we all spend, on average, just 38 minutes giving our full and undivided attention to “socializing and communicating.” Still, Cord Cutting found that we spend more time socializing than we do reading or just “relaxing and thinking,” or taking part in “sports, exercise, recreation.” In the latter category, which received the least amount of love and attention from the American public, it was found that the average American spends only 17 minutes a day exercising. And to make things even more interesting, if you put the 17 minutes exercising with the 19 minutes reading, around 18 minutes just relaxing and thinking, and the 38 minutes communicating with friends and colleagues, it still doesn’t beat the 100 minutes spent in front of our TVs, tablets or computers watching what’s streaming. Damn, ya’ll.

But I mean, I can’t really say I’m surprised. When I do find myself “socializing and communicating” with my colleagues, I’m often told that they spent their weekends, full days at that, not just watching a show someone told them they should try, but watching entire seasons at that. Without commercials to interrupt and all the episodes and options you could ever want available, can you blame anyone for opting to pay $7 a month to relax in peace daily and watch what they want over spending $20 or more to meet up and eat with friends all the time?



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