The amount of time spent watching TV daily can have a negative impact on a man’s fertility according to researchers at Copenhagen University.
The study which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that watching more than five hours of TV a day can slash a man’s sperm count by a third.
The researchers made this conclusion after studying 1,200 healthy young men to see if a couch potato lifestyle can affect a man’s fertility.
The researchers found that binge-watchers had average sperm counts of 37 million per millilitre of fluid compared to 52 million per millilitre among men who hardly watch TV.
Surprisingly, the researchers found that spending time sitting at a computer didn’t affect a man’s fertility like watching TV did. The researchers suggested this could be because men who watch too much TV are less likely to be doing much exercise or eating healthily, which are crucial habits for maintaining fertility.