Watching "Freaks and Geeks" only takes 14 hours, but making people feel bad
for not having seen it takes years. (via Nielsen TOPTEN)
If there's one company that knows how much time we spend watching "our stories" on TV, it's Nielsen, the people who have been looking into families' home TV sets for generations. In fact, there are a lot of companies that know exactly what you're doing with your TV time, but that's scary and besides the point. Only Nielsen sat down and created a handy chart that tells you just how much of your life you've frittered away on each of them.
The ones above are at the very low end of the chart. These are little cultural snacks compared to the huge TV ultramarathon of shows like 24 (which will take you almost a week to get through), although they're often more nutritious—people spend months making Sherlock .gifs on Tumblr and they spent years watching the Internet for a season that didn't even exist yet. Mostly, though, this is a story about how you gained 20 pounds. If you spent the 2000-10s watching Lost, 24, and How I Met Your Mother, for example, you've spent about 2 weeks watching culturally significant shows enter a constant decline. No wonder Lost fans got so angry.
Here's the full list at Nielsen.
(by Johnny McNulty)