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'Death Watch': How long do you have left to live?


As every moment of every day passes, we are all surrounded by time. Our busy schedules send us chasing after every deadline.

FOX 19 NOW's Information Technology Manager Matt Chandler and Morning Show Segment Producer Tiffany Brown know that well.

"The tick of the clock is always there. Whether it be three minutes for a segment or you've got until tomorrow to book or next week to do this, there is always a time limit,” said Brown.

"It's one of those unique environments where scheduled maintenance and down time, there is none,” said Chandler.

But what about the ultimate deadline? We asked these two FOX19 NOW employees to wear a unique watch called the Tikker as a digital reminder of their own mortality.

"Tikker is a wrist watch that basically counts down your life. Some people call it a death watch. I call it a happiness watch. The purpose is to make every second count of your life,” said Fredrik Colting, Tikker's creator.

The wearer calculates their statistical life expectancy. In the United States, men live on average 76 years, women 81.

Subtract from those numbers from your current age.

If you exercise at least 3 hours per week, add 3 to 5 years to life. If you never exercise, reduce life expectancy by 3 to 5 years.

If you are a smoker, subtract 2 months for every year you've spent smoking.

If you are overweight by more than a third of your ideal weight, reduce life expectancy by 3 years.

On a scale of 1-10, determine the level of negative stress in your life. Take away one year for each step starting from five. (Circle 5, reduce 0. Circle 9, reduce by 4 years)

The number you have left is the number of years you are expected to live.

“Oh my god, good grief!' said Brown. “43.5 years.”

"39.5," said Chandler. “It's a little younger than I thought, a little depressing but I'm not mad about it."

From here, the countdown begins. The number of years Tiffany and Matt have left are programmed into their watches and slowly begin to disappear in months, days, hours, minutes and seconds.

Of course, it's just an estimate. The watch doesn't have the literal power to know when anyone will die but its creator says it does have the power to change the way we live.

QUIZ: How long will you live?

"No matter where we live or how much money we have, one day we are born and one day we are going to die,” said Colting.

As a former gravedigger he said after losing his grandfather the concept of life and death began to fascinate him and the idea of counting down his life was formed.

"I guess in general people either love it or hate it. Some people don't want to think about death at all. Even though they know it is somewhere there, it's just not a good subject. Some people really embrace it and it adds to their life. It takes stress away,” said Colting.

After two weeks of wearing the Tikker, we brought Matt and Tiffany together to see what happened.

"People thought I was crazy. I got that a lot,” said Chandler.

It turns out the ‘happiness watch' brought up the topic of death in a lot of conversations. While Chandler said the expiration date lost its luster after the initial shock, Tiffany says realizing how short life is has made every moment count.

"Not day to day but yes, I need to be doing more. I need to create more memories. I'm starting to take more pictures now oddly enough,” said Brown.

Since the Tikker went on the market last year, there have been a little more than six thousand watches sold around the globe at $79 a watch.

Colting said he hopes those who buy it will spend more time living and less time waiting to die.

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