If you read this space with any regularity, you probably noticed that I’ve addressed television topics several times recently. Part of the reason is that we’re spending an increasing amount of time watching TV. Some of it is terrible, but we watch it anyway.
The Nielsen Company reports that we Americans spent 157 hours and 32 minutes per month soaking up TV in the first quarter of this year – an hour and 46 minutes more than a year earlier. That’s about a third of our waking hours.
The U. S. Department of Labor says the average American 15 and older watched TV two hours and 50 minutes per day, also an increase over previous reports. The same report showed we’re spending less time working, so maybe that explains why we have more time to watch television.
Nielsen says old-fashioned TV sets still garner the most viewers, but streaming and mobile viewing is on the increase. Viewing video on the Internet now totals an average of eight hours and 20 minutes per month, and watching TV on Smartphones is at just about four-and-a-half hours monthly.