Published: April 28, 2015
After a long day at work, there isn’t a better feeling than curling up with a cup of tea and delving into the scenic masterpieces of your favorite shows. But did you know that on average, a viewer spends 5.11 hours watching television? TV is most popular amongst African Americans, who spend 7 hours and 12 minutes watching TV a day, closely followed by Whites who spend 5 hours and 2 minutes in front of a screen. In total, an average person will have spent nine years of their lifetime watching TV. Kind of makes you want to turn off the TV, doesn’t it?
Today’s families have packed up their households with the newest and coolest technology. It’s no wonder that the most basic form of tech is popular in the United States. 99% of households possess at least television, while the average family has about 2 TVs sprinkled throughout. Sometimes one TV is enough, but for big families with different tastes, more than two will have to do. 65% of American households have three or more TV sets, 67% of the total population of TV watchers staring at the screen during dinner time! Although these stats may seem alarming, at least we have the advantage of being aware of the problem 49% of American admit to saying they watch too much TV.
So how about our children? A child watches, on average, 1,480 minutes of TV a week. With channels and shows you may not want your children to see, this may come as a scary reality. As TV becomes popular, familial interaction drops. Our eyes cannot be ripped from our screens, 54% of 4-6 year olds who were asked between spending time with their dads or watching TV voted for the big screen. Suprising? When comparing TV viewing with school, American youth spends 900 hours a year in school, while spending a whopping 1,200 hours a year watching TV. Within these hours, a child will have seen 150,000 violent acts by age 18.
Offering alternative methods of having fun to your children will get them off the couch and into the real world. Make sure to emphasize the importance of fresh air, and for the sake of their future, pry their fingers from the remote!