You’ve done it again. You just spent an entire weekend binge-watching another series. This weekend was House of Cards. Last weekend, Game of Thrones.
You can’t remember the last time you went outside or took a shower, but you know can now quote Frank Underwood on command. That’s worth something, right?
After you’ve come out of your Netflix-induced coma, you sometimes wonder, “How much of my life am I wasting watching television?”
Well, lucky (or unlucky) for you, a new website called tiii.me can calculate the exact number of days, hours and minutes you’ve spent watching television in your life. The results, I’ve found, are a little disturbing.
Here’s how it works: you put in a television show that you’ve watched and specify the number of seasons you’ve watched it for. The website adds up the running time of the amount of the show you’ve watched and plasters it on to the screen to you with no apology. The website saves your last entry, so once you’ve finished a new series, you can come back to the website and add it to your running total.
Granted, there’s no way to add in all the time you’ve idly watched telly while making dinner or how many times you’ve watched re-runs of Friends. However, it’s pretty interesting—and frightening—to see how much of your life has been spent watching your favourite television shows.
For example, I entered in all the television shows I know I’ve watched from the top of my head. After confessing to the website I’ve watched every season of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How I Met Your Mother, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Sex and the City, Friday Night Lights, Lost, Homeland, Girls, Revenge and one season of Sherlock, my total was 20 days 16 hours and 49 minutes.
I stopped there. I know for a fact that’s not even close to half of all of the television shows I’ve watched in my life, but knowing I’ve spent more than 20 days of my life in front of a television screen was good enough for me.
You can try it out for yourself and share the results with your friends. Odds are, you probably aren’t alone in your television addiction.
A wise man once said time spent in front of the television is time well wasted. Okay, I said that, but feel free to use it as your mantra.