Americans Watch Nearly 5 Hours of TV Every Day

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January 04, 2007 | 4,261 views

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's "Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2007", Americans spend nearly 10 hours a day watching television, surfing the Internet, reading, and listening to music.

Almost half of that -- four and a half hours -- will be spent just watching television. This amounts to a total of more than 1500 hours of TV per person over the course of a year.

Americans also drink about a gallon of soda a week. These two statistics in part explain another figure in the text -- two thirds of Americans are currently overweight.

I had previously heard the number of hours the average American wastes in front of a TV, but never had a hard reference for it. I had always thought it was some writer's exaggeration of the truth, or someone was quoting old data, but the number turns out to not only be current but accurate. It is confirmed from no less an authoritative source than the U.S. Census Bureau.

This really is quite sad and shocking that the AVERAGE person in the United States is watching this much TV. I will rarely watch a DVD for two hours and I can't sit down that long in one place without getting uncomfortable.

It just boggles my mind that people can watch TV for this long when there are so many better things to do in life.

Makes you wonder, in particular, why parents remain utterly clueless about the addictive nature of TV that spurs the epidemic of childhood obesity. Not to mention that, when you let your kids watch that much TV, you are exposing them for a large part of their day to one of the most mind-controlling mediums ever developed by man.

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Vital Votes reader Dex, from Orem Utah, agrees that the problem is serious:

"A combined total of time spent in front of media each day is 10 hours ... With many people constantly plugged in to media, when do they get time to think for themselves?

In all the hours of being entertained, talked to, lied to, or just plain dulled into passivity, the risk is that we are in fact a consumer society, lacking the initiative to create, compose, invent or innovate.

"A person who actually wants to make a difference in the world will probably not fall into the extreme average tallied in the census. Time is our most precious commodity. One way to judge your success potential is to see how you use your discretionary time."

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