Netflix Found To Be Harmful To The Planet By Multiple Studies

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Many people like to joke about how Netflix affects their sleeping habits because most shows are just so binge-worthy. However, several studies have confirmed that excessive streaming could be harmful to the entire planet.

The report comes from The Hollywood Reporter which cites numerous studies that have found the dangers of too much Netflix. For instance, the Journal of the American Heart Association conducted a study that found that people who watched more than four hours of TV each day had a 50% chance of dying prematurely from heart disease.

Binging isn't just bad for your heart. A different study conducted by The Shift Project confirmed that there is a "massive carbon footprint from moving video data along digital and mobile networks." The study compared watching a high-definition video by streaming on your phone for just 10 minutes to using a 2,000-watt electric oven at full power for five minutes.


Streaming might be convenient if you don't want to leave the house to watch a movie. However, research author Maxime Efoui-Hess claims that two hours of streaming is equivalent to 6 kilograms of CO2. On the other hand, driving to the theater only results in around 200 grams of CO2 per passenger.

These new studies are just some of the new harmful findings connected to Netflix. Earlier this year, the streaming giant announced that it would remove smoking scenes from shows and films that are rated PG-13 or TV-14. Although Netflix has not yet commented about the report, it probably won't be long before major changes need to be made.

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