I am slightly speechless at a statistic I read today – I thought surely there was no way that anyone really watched that much TV. How would anything else get done? Turns out, a lot of TV is watched while doing other things. That combined with the visual nature of TV and its short bursts of information are a large factor in our children having attention disorders, depression and suffering an inability to from and enjoy relationships, because relationships take time and attention. The amount of time spent watching TV in the typical American home is more time than most Americans spend doing any other singular activity throughout their day. Here’s what my research showed:
- Americans watch on average four hours* of TV a day.
- Sixty six percent of families watch TV while eating dinner.
- Children ages 15-19 read for an average of five minutes per weekend day.
- Parents spend three and a half minutes per week in meaningful conversation with their children.
- The average American child spends 900 hours per year in school.
- The average American child spends 1500 hours per year watching TV.
- The average child has seen 8,000 murders on TV by the time they are 10 years old. By 18, that number is up to 40,000.
- Forty -nine percent of Americans say they watch too much TV.
Perhaps we could start by watching one less hour a day and spending that time talking to our kinds and spouses.
- Jocelyn Broyles
*That’s 1,460 per year, which is 29,200 hours after 20 years. That means by about 23, the average adult has spent three and a third years watching TV.
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