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Watching Movies and TV Shows Makes Us Grow Old Faster

A whole new meaning to the term ‘priceless expression’!

It is October and Halloween season is upon us. It is that time of the season when people hit the theaters to watch their favorite scary and spooky movies/TV shows. But do you know that watching movies can age you drastically?

That’s right! According to scientists, watching movies/TV shows, be it horror, comedy or action, can age your face.

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It has been scientifically studied that people that watch movies/TV shows all the time tend to have wrinkles that age them badly. Dr Harry Singh, a beauty and wellness expert from FOREO, says that when people watch movies their facial expressions change several times during the course of the film. These repeated expressions can create frown lines, wrinkles and even crow’s feet.

According to Dr Singh:

“When we express a shocked look we activate the evaluator muscles of the forehead, known as the frontalis. By repeating this expression and strengthening this muscle, we develop horizontal lines across the forehead. Squinting is another common expression used as a coping mechanism during violent or distressing scenes, and requires the activation of a number of muscles, including both the eyes and depressor muscles.

This double whammy of muscle over-activation might result in frown lines and crow’s feet around the eyes, which when repeated over a five-year period could again result in 50 per cent worse lines developing around the eye area.”


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Not So Fun Facts

Scary movies and shows have the tendency to increase your heart rate and burn excessive calories.

People who watch these kinds of movies/TV shows tend to get an adrenaline rush that can burn almost 113 calories, which is the same as having a 30-minute walk.

In a survey of 2000 people, researchers have examined that in an average horror or sad film/TV show, people tend to contort their expressions 20 times.

While in comedies, people exercise their facial muscles by smiling, laughing or giggling 50 times.

The more scary or funny the movie is, the more calories you burn!

This survey has got people thinking twice about watching any new movie/TV show coming this season. So which movie do you plan on watching, just so you can burn your calories this season?


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Written by Sher Alam


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