There are plenty of online articles and books that talk about the dangers of wasting your life away in front of the TV and more recently the computer. We are on this planet for a considerably small amount of time and that time itself is not a given. Unfortunately, it can be reduced at any moment to years or even months. I’ve often wondered how much time I have spent watching TV or films when that time could have been put to better use, such as learning a new language or even getting some extra exercise slotted into the day. I like to think that because I’m an aspiring filmmaker I get some sort of pass because I can look at watching TV shows as an exercise in studying the cinematography and story techniques.
Luckily, for those who wonder about such things there is a website that calculates how much time you have spent watching your favourite TV shows, or even the ones you don’t like. The site, cleverly called tiii.me, takes the longevity of each season of a series and compiles it into a calculated length of time. I would take the calculation with a pinch of salt, however. It doesn’t take into account the ad breaks, or episodes your might have missed or not watched. For example, I’ve yet to watch the entire first season of True Detective, but the calculator adds the entire length of the first season into to the time stamp.
The site has more or less every English speaking TV show logged into its database. I rounded off at 47 days and 9 hours, which is near enough 1,137 hours of my life. I haven’t added shows I might have watched when I was child such as the X-Men and Hey Arthur as such, with those I’m sure the time would jump close to 100 days or more. Nonetheless, the current calculation means I’ve spent 0.5% of my time here on earth watching TV. It doesn’t seem that much does it?
Before you head to the website to calculate your score, I recommend that you find a list of popular TV shows as I would happily place money on the notion that there will be a few gems that will completely escape you. Let us know what your score is below.