Secrets To A Longer Life, Even With A Desk Job

    March 4, 2012
    Zach Walton
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We reported on some statistics Friday that showed how working at a desk job is slowly killing you. There were some frightening statistics revealed in the infographic that should leave us all concerned. Fear not, however, as another infographic has come to save the day (and your life).

Today’s infographic comes from Confused.com and hopes to give you a few tips on how to live a longer, happier life. While the infograhic in question doesn’t necessarily confront the problems inherent to the workplace, it does provide some helpful tips on how to get the most out of the life you have.

For the drinkers out there, the first bit of news should come as a godsend. It’s found that those who drink moderate amounts of alcohol live longer than those who abstain from it completely. On the same coin, coffee drinkers are found to live longer as well. Chocolate is a pretty tasty sweet, but it also can save your life (in moderation). Eating too little or too much chocolate is bad for you, but it’s good to eat a little bit. Just like all foods, moderation is the key to success.

Some of the other statistics that will lead you to a longer life might not be as apparent. The first thing is that those who are close to their mothers tend to live longer than those who aren’t. Marriage is also a key factor in life expectancy as marrying the right person will lead to a longer life.

Education comes into play as well with people who start school later tend to live longer than those children who are forced to watch Little Einstein videos from the age of 3.

Some of the other strategies are no-brainers such as being positive. Keep yourself calm and relaxed and you will have a lower chance of heart attack.

While your desk job may try to kill you, you can fight back with the information on this infographic. Use this information well and become a warrior for healthy desk jobs.

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  • David Davey

    I’m sceptical that the whole thing falls foul of the “Correlation does not imply causation” fallacy – that is, just because there’s a correlation between moderate amounts of chocolate and a long life doesn’t mean that eating that precise amount of chocolate is what gives you the longer life – it could well be that those people who eat sensible amounts of chocolate can afford decent healthcare (as opposed to, say, the poor, who may either squander their money on cheap luxuries like chocolate, or who can’t afford it at all). Or take a strong handshake: that’s most likely to appear in businessmen, who have good access to healthcare, and thus live longer. The handshake itself is irrelevant; it’s just a by-product of the root factor.

    (Disclaimer: my statements about businessmen and the impoverished aren’t actual claims; I have no idea if handshakes correlate with business acumen, or if the poor are less likely to eat sensible amounts of chocolate. They were hypotheticals to show that other factors can be at play)

    tl;dr: If the fundamental statistical fallacy has been committed, the whole thing is reduced to nonsense.