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Two television myths
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You know what I hate? I hate it when people spread crazy myths about television. I want to debunk a couple of the most annoying (to me).

1.) You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television. Never buy into this one, guys. It is absolutely absolutely false. I don't know who started this, but it has caught on, and like a California wildfire, it is scorching what we value (in this case, logic.) The facts are that when sleeping people typically burn 60 calories per hour. When you watch TV, you burn about 75 per hour. It's not much more than sleeping, but it's not less.

2.) Television sets drain more electricity when switched off than they do switched on. This is totally false. If we just use a little bit of logic, we can completely debunk that. I'm not sure where I heard this one, but this is a completely false and stupid claim. While it is true that televisions do drain electricity while switched off, the amount of power consumed is so small as to be mostly negligible.

Now, there are many television myths that make me angry, and I don't think you want to start with some of them ("violent television causes violent people" for instance). I have literally written research papers about this topic.