You'll spend a year of your life trying to find something to watch on TV

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By Sean Dowling, Buzz60

Ever feel like you spend more time searching for something to watch on TV than actually watching a program? Turns out, that sentiment isn't far from the truth.

A recent study suggests that the average American will waste 23 minutes every day trying to find something to watch. That's 1.3 years of your lifetime wasted on changing channels or sorting through the TV guide.

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Communications company Ericsson looked at online and broadcast viewing habits as part of a new report, using data from just over 13,500 Android smartphones and more than 30,000 online interviews with people across the globe.

If you're going to spend time channel surfing, you may as well have a healthy snack nearby:

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The U.S. isn't the only country with a channel-changing problem. Consumers in Brazil, China, Germany and Mexico will spend 1.5 years on average flipping around. In India, it's as high as 1.7 years.

With all of the screens surrounding us -- from smartphones to tablets to traditional TV sets -- over the last four years, Americans have increased the amount of time they spend in front of a screen by 1.5 hours a day.

Interestingly, people are spending more time looking at their mobile devices (more than four hours a week) than they are experiencing fixed screen viewing in front of the TV in the living room, which has dropped by 2.5 hours.

They don't call it a Netflix binge for nothing!

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