Sunday, June 03, 2007

Ten Facts About TV Watching

Here are some statistics on TV watching that I thought were interesting.

  1. Time per day that TV is on in an average US home: 7 hours, 40 minutes

  2. Amount of television that the average American watches per day: over 4 hours

  3. Time spent daily with screen media for U.S. children age six and under: about 2 hours

  4. Percentage of US families with children age 0-6 with at least one television: 99

  5. Percentage of US households with 3 or more TVs (2003): 50

  6. Percentage of parents who say that if they have something important to do, it is likely that they will use the TV to
    occupy their child: 45

  7. Percentage of Americans who always or often watch television while eating dinner: 40

  8. Percentage of Americans who say they watch too much TV: 49

  9. Time per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 38.5 minutes

  10. Percentage of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked, would rather watch TV than spend time with their fathers: 54

See the full list of TV watching statistics at

Which of these do you find most troubling?