There's no denying Netflix totally changed the television game. Now binge-watching popular shows is easier than ever and the fail-proof conversation starter of "So ... what are you watching these days?" is even more reliable. But despite the population's pop culture trivia being at its peak, the streaming service might not result in the most well-balanced of lives.
According to Reed Hastings, Netflix's CEO, the average subscriber watches shows or movies on the service for one hour and 40 minutes every day — which is more time than most people spend reading, exercising, and socializing with friends combined, based on research from Cord Cutting. They pulled data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use survey, which says Americans spend 38 minutes a day "socializing and communicating," 19 minutes "reading," and 17 minutes "participating in sports and exercising."
If Netflix never existed would we all be super ripped and well read? Probably not. But it is important to think about the time spent in front of that lit-up box in your living room. Maybe tonight limit yourself to just one episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
[via Refinery 29