Average Adult Will Watch More Than 78,000 Hours Of TV
Television has become such a common part of all of our lives that most don‚Äôt even think about just how much time they spend staring at their TV screen. Of course, all of those hours are undoubtedly adding up, and a recent survey of 2,000 British adults finds that the average TV viewer will watch an astounding 78,705 hours of programming (movies, sports, news, etc) in their lifetime. That‚Äôs a whole lot of screen time that may have been better spent on more productive endeavors.
On a day-to-day basis, the average adult watches TV for three-and-a-half hours, amounting to 1,248 hours each year....
This sounds true. A friend told me he saw a NY Post article years ago that says retirees average TV watching was 51 hours a week. That's more than 7 hours per day! He also said he mentioned it to a coworker but the coworker said he nearly makes that average now. What many forget is sports on the weekend, along with movies, special programs, etc. I think the 51 hrs/wk average has gone up over the years with the explosion of fancy TVs with better screens, resolutions, etc. Sure, many have cut their cable service, but end up 'binge watching' with internet based systems. And what about all the time spent looking at smartphones? Doesn't that count as 'screen time' that even doctors tell us we need to turn off an hour or so before bedtime.