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This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Binge-Watch Your Favorite Shows

I don't ever want to know how much time I've lost to binge-watching shows.

They say the average person sleeps 25 years in a lifetime, but I'm honestly afraid my hours binge-watching might be more than that.

Some series literally take days to finish! What am I supposed to do, just sit and wait to watch “House of Cards” on a strict schedule so I don't have to wait long between seasons?! That's not going to happen, and everyone knows it.

According to this scary infographic by Nielsen, “30 Rock” takes about two days to finish, “Lost” takes almost four days to finish and “24” takes about a week to finish.

So how long would it take for me to get in all of my Frank and Claire Underwood bonding time…

While I know sitting on my ass for hours at a time is bad for me, I didn't understand how bad until now.

I did some research and found that binge-watching can actually shorten your life. Yes, shorten it.

A new study from Japan found that compared to people who watch 2.5 hours of TV a day, people who watch between 2.5 to 4.9 hours of TV a day are 70 percent more likely to die from pulmonary embolism.

I know, it's terrifying. Apparently, you actually CAN “Netflix and chill” too much.

Despite that staggering statistic, I know myself. And I know all these numbers and statistics won't scare me out of doing what I love: BINGE-WATCHING.

By mid-August of this year, I had said au revoir to the beach and had happily settled in my bed, “prepping” for the cold weather to breeze in.

The allure of wearing my “groutfit,” cozied up under clouds of comforters while I sip on lentil soup and watch my seventh hour of “Transparent” was too tempting.

Honestly, if nothing mattered and if I didn't have to make money or try to make something of myself, I'd sit and watch television all day with no shame.

I'm not sad; I'm real.

This passion of mine got me thinking: There has got to be some benefits to binge-watching.

I just spent my weekend watching both seasons of the “The Affair,” and while I've never been cheated on by my egomaniac, writer husband with an unpredictable redheaded broad, I feel like I've learned a ton, emotionally.

How can these feelings be wrong?!

Well, according to some studies, binge-watching isn't all that bad for you.

Yes, there are some negatives, but there are also some interesting positives.

To learn what these are and what exactly happens to your body when you “Netflix and chill” with your bae, check out the video above.

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Rebecca Jones

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Rebecca earned her degree in Film and TV from UW Madison and has since worked in television production and development.
Rebecca earned her degree in Film and TV from UW Madison and has since worked in television production and development.

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