This packet presents basic information about television viewing habits and asks students to analyze how much they watch TV and the importance it has in their life. Students will read a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation to learn more information about media in the lives of 8-18 year olds and explore the Nation Master website to compare and contrast TV viewing habits on a global scale.
"I don't watch that much TV," says the average person, "just a few hours here and there." Unfortunately, the average person, according to the most recent figures from Nielsen Media Research Inc., watches TV for 4 hours and 35 minutes every day. Furthermore, the average household has a TV playing for 8 hours 14 minutes every day.
Let's add that up. Perhaps 4 hours and 35 minutes does not seem like that much time. It probably does not feel like that much time, since the hours seem to fly by when you are engrossed in a TV program.
However, per week that adds up to just over 32 hours. That is 32 hours EVERY week. For adults, that looks like nearly a full time job. For children, that means their TV sets are educating them more than their schoolteachers are.
Per month, that adds up to 136 hours, or 5 days 16 hours. The average American is spending more than 5½ solid days EVERY month watching TV.
Over the course of a year, the average American spends over 69 solid days watching TV. That is over two solid months every year. Over a lifetime of 72 years, that adds up to over 13 years.
Not only is that a lot of time, it is an insane amount of time.