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This article was published on May 14, 2016


We spend more time on Netflix than with friends, exercising or reading — combined

We spend more time on Netflix than with friends, exercising or reading — combined
Bryan Clark
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Bryan is a freelance journalist. Bryan is a freelance journalist.

Everyone loves the occasional binge session on Netflix, but a recent survey by streaming data site CordCutting.com suggests we might be going a little overboard. In fact, we’re actually choosing Netflix over human interaction by a rather large margin.

According to CordCutting.com’s data — obtained by dividing Netflix’s reported number of streaming hours per day divided by its total number of subscribers — the average Netflix subscriber watches nearly two hours of  programming a day. That doesn’t sound all that bad until you factor in a few comparative figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. On average, we spend:

  • Fewer than 40 minutes socializing and communicating
  • Fewer than 20 minutes reading
  • Fewer than 20 minutes exercising

In fairness, CordCutting.com is combining two datasets here, and one (minutes spent on Netflix daily) relies on reported data and math rather than gathered data, but if this is anywhere close to true it’s alarming.

Maybe it’s time to go outside.

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