DESPITE an increase in entertainment choices, watching television remains as popular as ever, according to the OECD’s â€œCommunications Outlook 2007â€. In 15 of the 18 countries for which data were collected, broadcast-TV viewing increased from 1997 to 2005. Only in Spain, New Zealand and South Korea did people watch less. America takes the couch-potato crown, with households goggling at the box for an eye-straining average of 8 hours and 11 minutes every day. The nearest rival, Turkey, only manages an average of five hours a day.
I would personally like to thank Tivo for helping me watch even more TV. 😉
Why are those children watching themselves on TV? Are we also a narcissistic nation? :o)
I love all 3 of my TiVos! I AM TiVo Larry! Although I do think 11 hours is a bit excessive. I go to bed at 10 and have a 15 month old baby. Who has time to watch that much TV? I still have episodes of “The Revolution” and “The American Experience” I have not seen that have been on my TiVo for 15 months now!
Correction, 8 hours is excessive, 11 hours is unemployed. I’d be willing to bet the study on how many hours nations sleep per night would be opposite this TV watching study. I’d bet the average American does not even sleep 8 hours a night…