how long can you leave a CDP on 'pause'?

I suppose if I had a clear-top loading player I could see if it's spinning while paused... but I don't.
The disc spins and the laser is on while in pause so if you want or need to shorten the life of your CDP unit, continue to leave it in pause... a quite goofy question may I add!

my CDP (SCD-1) has a very slow fast forward; if I'm listening to a long piece without 'chapters' and want to go out for a few hours, I'd prefer to put it on pause if it doesn't hurt the little beastie - but, alas, it apparently does. hence the question.
Give the guy a break, will ya ?

On my CDP, after a couple of minutes on pause, the disc stops and it goes into a "deeper" pause I guess you could call it.

It then takes a little longer to resume, since the disc has to come up to speed.

If your owner manual doesn't tell you, you could try listening closely to see if the disc stops after a few minutes.