Olivia Jakiel
Updated September 12, 2016

If you’ve ever used the whole “Netflix and chill” strategy to, you know, try and get someone to put a baby inside you, you might want to rethink your strategy. A new study from The American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that watching television can actually have a negative impact on your man’s sperm count.

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Wait, what?

Researchers looked at over 1200 healthy young men and surveyed them on how much time they spend in front of the television and computer, as well as how active they were. The men also gave researchers a blood sample and a semen sample.

The results are actually pretty interesting! Men who specifically watched 5-hours or more of television a day had an average sperm count of 104-million, while those who watched significantly less television (or none at all — apparently there are people who do that!) had an average sperm count of 158-million.


Men who watched more television also had lower levels of testosterone — in fact, the more television they watched, the lower the levels.

While television binges certainly affect a guy’s sperm count, the amount of time spent in front of a computer didn’t affect sperm count at all! Also, men who rated themselves as “physically fit” had a higher sperm count than those who aren’t very active.

So, what’s going on here? What does it all mean?

Basically, the less active you are, the smaller the sperm count. Don’t sweat it though — it only takes one to make a baby, and millions and millions of sperm is still a LOT.