“The first study quantifying the global costs of sloth was published Thursday in the scientific journal The Lancet, finding what researchers labeled a conservative estimate of the economic burden caused by inactivity.” Researchers tried to place a dollar value on your inactivity and came up with this: Americans Blow $27.8 Billion a Year by Being Lazy. We can probably make ten times that collecting the loose change under the cushions of the couches we never get up from.