A study conducted by scientists from different institutions in Europe and Africa found that binge-watching television series can significantly increase the chance of thrombosis.
The specialists based their research on the analysis of three studies on lifestyle habits of 131,421 people, of whom 964 had presented an event of venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) or VTE for its acronym in English.
After making a correlation between the habits of television consumption in people who presented cases of thrombosis, the experts found that those who spent an average of four hours a day watching television had a 35% greater chance of presenting thrombi or blood clots .
“Taking frequent breaks during prolonged sedentary activities, such as watching television, as well as maintaining adequate levels of physical activity, could be essential for the prevention of thrombi,” said the authors, Setor K. Kunutsor, of the University of Bristol; Richard S. Dey, from the University of Ghana, and Jari A. Laukkanen, from the University of Eastern Finland.
The study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Despite their findings, experts said further research is needed.
However, this study is relevant because series marathons, a practice also known as binge-watching, is increasingly relevant in the face of the proliferation and greater offer of streaming platforms.
In 2020, a study by Nielsen He pointed out that the average time an adult in the United States spends watching live television and series is four hours a day, which in turn translates into two months a year in front of TV.
The practice, furthermore, is not exclusive to adults, but is more or less homogeneous in people between 13 and 64 years of age. Data from Statista analytics point out that 70 percent of the adult segment between 30 and 44 years old practice binge-watching, while 60 percent of adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 also practice it.