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How much TV do you watch in a week, on average?

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How much TV do you watch in a week, on average?

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  • I'm getting old. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by 93,000 (150453) on Friday December 03, 2010 @09:43AM (#34429902)

    I can't just sit still and watch TV anymore. I always have to be doing something 'while' watching. Maybe it's adult onset ADD.

    • Re:I'm getting old. (Score:5, Interesting)

      by arivanov (12034) on Friday December 03, 2010 @10:04AM (#34430134) Homepage

      Sounds familiar.

      Same here. The only TV I watch are films and shows after they have been released on DVD. Even with those sometimes I find myself taking the laptop and doing something at the same time.

      Definitely _NO_ broadcast TV though. Never.

      • by 93,000 (150453)

        Yep. I watch seasons of stuff on DVD, but pretty much only when I'm on the treadmill (again-- having to do something else). Love it or hate it, Battlestar Galactica on DVD from Netflix made me one hell of a dedicated exerciser.

        Just getting into Big Bang Theory now. Loving it.

    • by suso (153703) *

      I can't just sit still and watch TV anymore. I always have to be doing something 'while' watching. Maybe it's adult onset ADD.

      Its funny that you put it that way because it always seemed like in the past the older you get the more you just sit and watch TV.

    • by compro01 (777531)

      Yeah. Most of my TV time overlaps with the time I'm hitting the elliptical at the gym.

    • by Spatial (1235392)

      The brain is good at filtering out ambient noise and gibberish. Having filtered it out, you now realise you're sitting around like a lemon and feel you must actually do something.

      That's what it feels like to me anyway.

    • Ad breaks (Score:5, Insightful)

      by petes_PoV (912422) on Friday December 03, 2010 @03:09PM (#34435198)

      Maybe it's adult onset ADD.

      Maybe it's just commercial breaks that go on forever.

      The other thing I've noticed about TV in recent years is just how derivative (being polite here) all the programmes are. Most of the time by about 5 minutes in I've worked out what earlier programme a particular episode is, who dunnit to whom, with what and how it's likely to end.

      It just doesn't engage me much any more. I just mentally check back in with the progress a show is making every now and then, then go back to whatever else I am doing. Usually all you need is the sound channel in order to keep up - it's surprising how little actual content is conveyed by the pictures - despite the huge bandwidth consumption.

    • by Locke2005 (849178)
      So, you don't have that problem with watching porn?
    • by Kikuchi (1709032)

      Maybe it's adult onset ADD.

      That's no ADD [], that's a natural reaction to boredom.

    • TV is full of BULLSHIT. Shut it off, entirely. Come back in 4 months. Turn on CNN, Fox, and CBS.

      .... HO-LY SHIT is the world this retarded?

      Turn on some Star Trek, Family Guy, whatever.

      How the fuck do people watch this stuff? Open and shut in 20 minutes with some breaks!

      You will quickly become an anime fan and an Enterprise fan, and BSG (BSG was too much drama for me though). Get the DVD and watch it for an hour or three in a big block, continuing story, strong continuity instead of loose continu

  • Downloads (Score:4, Insightful)

    by TheThiefMaster (992038) on Friday December 03, 2010 @09:43AM (#34429914)

    Does downloaded TV count? If not, none (would be 1, except my freeview box has packed up). If so...

    • Same here. No TV. But I watch streaming stuff in the 11-15 hrs category.

    • Bingo. TV I'd say it's 1-5 (only because the gaming computer is in the same room and I happen to watch something whenever there's grinding to be done) but online streaming including podcasts etc. would be closer to 25.

    • by antdude (79039)

      How about streaming non-TV shows like video clips? I am addicted to those like on my YouTube subscriptions, VideoSift [], etc.

    • Does downloaded TV count? If not, none (would be 1, except my freeview box has packed up). If so...

      I counted streaming video, TV viewed on official websites and internet-only video content as TV (to name a few) in my total. I thought it might sound misleading to say I watched no TV, when in reality I do see several hours of video programming a week.

  • Hmm (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Greyfox (87712) on Friday December 03, 2010 @10:05AM (#34430158) Homepage Journal
    The Daily Show, Colbert, Good Eats, Mythbusters and The Venture Brothers on the Tivo. Sometimes I have time to get around to all of that, sometimes I don't.

    I'm more inclined to watch new episodes than repeats, although sometimes watching an old Good Eats will remind me how easy it is to make a souffle or something and sometimes watching an old Mythbusters will remind me how easy it is to blow shit up if you attach enough C4 to it.

    • I miss watching Good Eats. Alton Brown always is entertaining, much like the Mythbusters.

      That being said, my watch list:
      Mythbusters - If I have to explain, you shouldn't be on Slashdot
      TMZ - Mindless pop culture before bed
      HLN's Morning Express - On while I chase my 16 month old son around and try to have breakfast
      Canada's Worst Driver / Handyman - Makes me thank the Lord I have good eye/hand co-ordination and a logical mind

  • by soupforare (542403) on Friday December 03, 2010 @10:07AM (#34430196)

    Those are the big three, in my mind, that stop people from watching tv. You're either sick of the current lineups, too busy to veg out, or loooooove telling people how you don't watch tv. The advanced variant is "I don't even OWN a tv!"
    I'd rather spend time on other hobbies, especially with the ridiculous price of cable, but sometimes it's nice to do nothing but watch Kirk punch some guy in the back for the hundredth time.

    • by Yvan256 (722131)

      How about "I own a TV, but I haven't used it in over 2 years?" What category does that fall in?

    • by AaxelB (1034884)
      What about "I don't own a TV, but watch some TV shows online or through Netflix"? I have a large monitor prominently placed in the living room, so we can watch movies and such like normal people :P
    • The advanced variant is "I don't even OWN a tv!"

      Depends. I don't own a TV, but I watch more TV shows than I ever did when I owned one - they're either rented on DVD or streamed on iPlayer. As an added bonus, this means that I don't need to pay a TV license (it's now gone up to £145/year - was about £120 last time I needed one).

      Mainly the reason that I don't own a TV is advertisements. If I want to be entertained, then I want to spend that time being entertained, I don't want the entertainment interrupted by infantile attempts to make m

      • by xaxa (988988)

        I'm amused that you complain about the advertisements after complaining about the cost of the TV license. There's some good stuff on the BBC channels, though of course it's also on iPlayer.

        I voted 0, as I don't think of watching films on DVD as "watching TV". I used to watch a DVD film on TV every couple of months and a cinema-film every couple of weeks, but since moving into a new house with a film student I've found myself watching one once a week (and ignoring one every other evening).
        I dislike the resul

    • Hipster? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Alarindris (1253418) on Friday December 03, 2010 @03:44PM (#34435866)
      The reason people who don't watch TV (like myself) have to mention it so much is because ITS ALL ANYONE EVER FUCKING TALKS ABOUT ANYMORE.

      I don't care about sports, the latest reality show, or American Idol. That's why I don't watch TV. I realized when I was about 16 that every show on TV is just a rehashing of some older show. There's nothing to see.
    • by war4peace (1628283) on Friday December 03, 2010 @06:10PM (#34438152)
      I don't have a TV. Never owned a TV, actually. As soon as I grew old enough to leave my parents' house (close to 15 years now) I stopped watching TV.
      There are several reasons behind this. First off, I moved a lot (rent was expensive compared to my wage back then), and a TV was heavy at the time. And fragile. Then, I am not a sports fan, I only watch World Cup and European Cup, that IF my country's team participates, and I do that in a bar somewhere or watch the matches online.
      I honestly and truly believe TV is dumb. Granted, it has *some* advantages, but those are heavily outweighed by its disadvantages. Shows are dumb, SOAPs are dumb, some commercials are nice but they focus too much on the product (doh!) and so on. I gave TV a chance 3 years ago, got gable TV and hooked it to my PC Monitor and for a couple days I was browsing through those 100+ TV channels available, slowly removing them from the default list until I ended up with exactly two. And those were the ones my girlfriend liked and watched every now and then. Couple months after that my ISP started offering free WebTV (was 41 channels and now is 65+ channels, I think). I scrapped my cable contract (paid extra for that too!), installed the WebTV software and... never opened it again. Well I might be lying: whenever there's something really big happening in the world, I might just fire it up, watch what's happening and shut it off again.

      I don't miss TV at all. I see it as means to get wasted in a purely intellectual fashion. Dumbs you down, wastes your time and is generally the least preferable entertainment method out there.
  • Background (Score:4, Insightful)

    by KillaGouge (973562) <> on Friday December 03, 2010 @10:08AM (#34430210)
    Does having it on for background noise count as watching?
    • by Yvan256 (722131)

      Since the poll is about watching TV, I don't think that counts.

    • Honest question: Why do people do that? I usually feel the noise pretty distracting, because some part of my brain always trys to listen. And listening without the visuals is usually not really satisfying. And if listening is not usefull, why keep the thing running?

    • by dkleinsc (563838)

      If you're looking for background noise, why don't you use a radio instead?

      • because I don't enjoy music, but the random conversations I catch always make for interesting dialog in my brain.
  • If so, then something like "all of them".
    • No. Some TV sets contain CRTs, and some CRTs are in TV sets, but they are not related all-inclusively in either direction.
  • Mostly downloads from Netflix or movies and the NFL And college football on weekends. Been on a Wheel of Fortune kick lately as well...
  • Hooray for Netflix on the Wii. I'll sometimes watch the Daily Show on the computer too.

  • by flynt (248848) on Friday December 03, 2010 @10:26AM (#34430408)

    I've been able to stop watching almost all television, save live sports. One American football game or baseball game is about 3 hours including the breaks, so it's easy for the TV time to start adding up. I usually don't even care which team wins, I just enjoy the contest.

    Living alone, I often just have the TV on while I do other things, like clean or cook.

    • One American football game or baseball game is about 3 hours including the breaks

      Or about 10 minutes without adverts.

  • Other than newsfeeds, usually there isn't anything worth watching. Sometimes local tv stations show something relevant to my interests, but that's a pretty rare occurence. My TV usage shot up when my satellite provider issued a promotion for free Discovery and related channels, but that'll soon be over.

  • I get my South Park fix online and use Netflix when I want to watch a movie.

  • No TV in a typical week, so it's not worth buying one or the licence to go with it, though I'll pull something random up on BBC iplayer if I'm really bored - maybe once every couple of months. Two or three movies a week on the projector, courtesy of Lovefilm and the local Blockbuster's bargain bucket. (Finally saw The Matrix not that long ago.)
  • by MrP- (45616)

    Let's see..

    Boardwalk Empire
    Stargate Universe

    Also Weeds and Caprica but they're no longer airing.

    • by MrP- (45616)

      Oh and Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

      I used to watch a lot of TV and then I got a TiVo in 2004 which lowered my TV time and as shows started ending I'd watch less and less and then my TiVo died 6 months ago.

      Once the shows I've listed end I'll probably never watch TV again.
      Although technically I don't watch TV now since I watch everything on Hulu or I download torrents.

    • by Locke2005 (849178)

      Ok, here's my geek card _and_ my man card...
  • If you count flipping to a channel and watching what is sent to my eyeballs... Maybe a few football games a year.
    If you count anything that I use my TV for... 0-5 hours every couple days.
    If you count just TV shows... a couple hours every few days.
    Overall I just don't see the point of having cable when you can just watch everything online or download it. I don't understand why anyone would bother paying for 500+ channels you're most likely never going to watch. You could pay for whole seasons of every show y

    • I don't understand why anyone would bother paying for 500+ channels you're most likely never going to watch.

      Why do you bother paying for a billion Web pages you're never going to view? Same reason people pay for 500 channels – they're part of a service, and you can't reduce cost by dropping the options that you personally aren't using.

  • I would guess I watch about 15 hours a week. During the week I typically watch for about an hour in the evening, just before going to bed. Most weekends, though, I'll spend at least 1 afternoon watching football. I enjoy my "veg out" time on the weekend, it's nice to be entertained without having to think about it.
    • by Deag (250823)

      I would guess that you are more honest than most. A lot of under reporting going on.

  • by Colourspace (563895) on Friday December 03, 2010 @11:01AM (#34430808)
    I gave up Sky and cable a long time back. Earlier in the year I was not working for a long period and one day got up, after several hours of staring glassy eyed at rolling news and antique programs, took the set top aerial off my TV and crippled it beyond repair. Since then, if it's not on 4OD (Channel4 V.O.D. site) or BBC iPlayer (both free here in the UK), chances are I won't see it. Or miss it for that matter as fortunately the BBC and Channel 4 between them broadcast quite a large slice of the better programs here in the UK. So yes, I still watch quite a few hours, but I don't sit through any crap I don't want to see (I did a lot of this before through sheer laziness), and now I have no choice but to do something more constructive. And though 4OD is ad driven, you still don't get as many as you do with live broadcast. Probably one of the best decisions I have made with respect to not wasting more of my time - ever.
  • But I'll sometimes watch bootleg video that was originally broadcast on TV. I've been catching up on Rome and am waiting for the next season of Doctor Who.
  • Thanks to DVR I am able to watch the few shows I like when I have time. Working a full time job, caring for horses and riding take up much of my viewing time. I got the DVR set for Food Network shows like Ironchef (though its getting old), Chopped, TBS now and then has a good show on repeat that I have not seen. Most of the new series have no interest for me and Most movies these days aren't worth the time. I do love old movies, not just for the plot, but the scene shots, camera angles and pacing. Once

  • Are we talking TV programs/series (TV comedies, talk shows, crime dramas, reality shows, etc) or movies & sports count as well?

    I mainly watch movies and sports, but I find time to hit up Dirty Jobs, Science Channel, and Family Guy/Simpsons for a few hours a week.

    TV programming: 1-5 hours
    TV programming + Sports + Movies: ~20 hours

  • When I'm healthy or when I'm sick? When I'm healthy probably much less than 5 hrs per week. Probably 5 hours per month. When I'm sick and laying on the couch or I need something to do in between food poisoned visits to the can, I can rack up 14 hours in a bad day. I caught the flu some years ago and watched most of a season of BSG, thus getting addicted to BSG. If it were not for occasional illness, I'd not watch much TV at all.

  • Top Gear is my new favorite, but I love the classics; Python, Fawlty Towers, Addams Fam, Munsters, Dr. Who (#4 Tom Baker), Connections and Connections II, Hogans Heroes, Get Smart, Gilligan's Island, and ST:TOS of course. DVDs are the preferred collection media, which render to other portable formats very nicely and are not too expensive. How about Red Dwarf, Mr. Bean, The Young Ones, The Sopranos, Chappelle's Show, MST3K, Simpsons, South Park... too many shows to watch! I have to do house work sometime.

  • Depends on the definition of "watch".

    Well, okay, I guess it doesn't, because I only really "watch" about five or so hours a week (Daily Show/Colbert, maybe Mythbusters if I remember it). The TV is on and producing sound more often than not unless I have something more important to listen to (real-life guests, computer games, etc), but I mostly use it as a form of whitenoise while I'm doing other work.

    Now, if I could replace one TV so part of said whitenoise wasn't ACTUAL whitenoise in the form of an electr

  • by swm (171547) <> on Friday December 03, 2010 @12:09PM (#34431744) Homepage

    A reviewer in a local newspaper gives his rating key for TV shows as

    ***** Worth staying home to watch
    ****_ Worth watching if you're home
    ***__ Worth watching if you're tired
    **___ Worth watching if you're sick
    *____ Forget it

    which seems to adequately capture the universe of programming.

  • Kill your TV (Score:3, Interesting)

    by AntEater (16627) on Friday December 03, 2010 @12:14PM (#34431846) Homepage

    TV is an incredible waste of time.

    TV is nothing more than a vehicle used to deliver commercials to you. Commercials are engineered to create discontent. Why waste your time doing something that is designed to make you unhappy? I pulled the plug sometime around '91 and haven't looked back. There are so many other things to do with my time: read a book, go outside, visit friends, learn something, exercise, etc.

    The few times I've browsed through the channels while staying at a hotel I'm always disappointed by the lack of quality programming. I'm not missing anything.

    • by Tuan121 (1715852)

      TV is an incredible waste of time.

      I could argue so is reading a book. I'm wasting my time rewatching STNG, but if I were to read books people have written I'm not wasting my time?

      TV is nothing more than a vehicle used to deliver commercials to you.

      Umm, not really.

      Commercials are engineered to create discontent. Why waste your time doing something that is designed to make you unhappy?

      Valid enough that some commercials are engineered to create discontent. But then you generalize and say that all watching TV is doing something that is designed to make you unhappy? That is only true if someone is sitting there watching commercials all day. I don't even watch commercials when I'm watching TV. Mostly because I download the shows

      • Butthurt much?
        By the way, why do you read a book that has no intellectual value in first place?
        Are you some kind of masochist?

    • You said it! I'll watch an occasional TV series (years after it was filmed) via NetFlix or whatever, but I can't watch TV commercials any more. They drive me bonkers.
    • by dkleinsc (563838)

      TV is nothing more than a vehicle used to deliver commercials to you.

      You're only mostly right on this one. There are at least 2 exceptions:
      1. PBS. Obviously, you have to skip the "generous support from" messages which are way too commercial-like, but shows like Newshour generally have long chunks of time where they're giving you actual information or artistic value.

      2. C-Span. Of course, while it's extremely informative and/or funny at times (depending on how comically stupid our elected representatives are being at the time), it's also extremely boring at other times.

    • I agree to a point, but TV is so central to the US way of life that you're somewhat deficient in cultural literacy if you don't watch TV. Therefore, I maximize my, uh... "education" by watching TV shows about other TV shows like The Soup and TMZ. That, plus the internet allows me the appearance of watching TV 8 hours a day while still working 70+ hours a week. :)
    • by metlin (258108)

      Agreed. I've not owned a TV in about 7 years. The end result is that we've found better ways of spending our time (reading more, playing board games, taking up dance and fencing lessons etc).

      And now, every time I look at the TV, I am amazed by the number of ads and the "fakeness" of the experience.

      Of course, I remember a time when you paid and the ads would go away -- back then, we were the customers. Today, the media companies are the customers, and we are merely the eyeballs. So, ads it is. Everywhere.

    • by Locke2005 (849178)
      Absolutely right... If I wanted to be subjected to a barrage of messages designed to make me feel unhappy about myself, I'd listen to my wife!
    • by blueZ3 (744446)

      I haven't had T.V. in almost 12 years--during which time I've spent my free time on reading, hobbies, and playing with my kids.

      Think about how much TV you watch each day--or better yet, use a stop watch and actually time it. I suspect you'll be surprised at how much time you actually spend: the average American watches a staggering 5 hours PER DAY of television. Now, think about the value of your time, the value of what you're watching, and then think of all the other uses you could put 35 hours a week to.

  • I don't watch TV anymore because of the ads. That's the only reason, because I end up just borrowing/buying the shows I like along with my family and we just swap shows/seasons. We've got quite the catalog, enough that I never have to tune in to broadcasts.

    They tend to limit what foreign content is broadcast as well, and some shows I like just aren't in the programming, so that's one less reason to tune in.
  • Do those count too if they are shown on TV? I do watch TV on my computer screens as well. Does that count too?

  • NFL Season = over 30
    No NFL Season = 15 - 20
  • by Nidi62 (1525137) on Friday December 03, 2010 @01:00PM (#34432706)
    I always leave the TV on, whether I'm studying, writing a paper, cooking, or whatever. I enjoy the background noise.
  • Depends on what you mean by TV. I haven't turned my actual TV on in ages, because everything I'd care to watch is online. Usually I'm doing something while watching it too, so it may end up just being background noise that I barely notice.
  • "watch TV"

    Brain dead consume programming?

    If I add in gaming, it goes up a big notch.

  • When I tell folks that I don't watch TV, I usually get responses of bewilderment, as if it's abnormal to not do so these days. I personally don't find anything that strikes my interest enough to keep me watching for a while unless I'm with someone else to pass the time with. I'd rather be outside.

    We have two TVs at our workplace, though; one is usually set to NY1 and the other to CNN. One is right in my field of vision, which is a bit annoying, especially when it was set to NBC...
  • All my "TV" watching is now from streamed Netflix or Hulu. I use it more like a radio, but it is on all the time.

  • by roc97007 (608802)

    ...even for good TV.

  • For some years now, I do not really watch TV anymore. It's a combination of the TV content turning into crap (I just cannot stand "judge xyz" shows or talk shows with (to me) irrelevant celebrities anymore), plus news being available on the net whenever I want to read them - not only at fixed times on the TV, plus the few shows I actually WOULD want to see not being available on our local TV programs here, or only with horrible dubs (stuff like anime, mythbusters, top gear). Even if a movie I am interested

  • by Pouic (1051024) on Friday December 03, 2010 @04:25PM (#34436552)
    ...and am raising my kid in a TV-less home also. I recommend this: it is amazing how much free time it provides in comparison with most friends/colleagues around! Throw your TV, reclaim your brain.
  • about 20 hours. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ZERO1ZERO (948669) on Friday December 03, 2010 @05:14PM (#34437328)
    But none of it actually on a TV. 95% of my veiwing is downloaded from the net either US dramas (dexter, mentalist, etc) or uk programming on iplayer, or downloaded from UKnova.

    It used to be possible to watch a series in the US a year or 3 ahead of the UK broadcast, but in recent years it's noe possible to follow along perhaps a week or 2 behind in some cases, if you can be bothered to wade through adverts and spend approx 30% of your viewing time watching adverts, I mean seriously - WTF?

    Who would do that, I don't understand why you would do that.

    Theres also been some Australian programmes which have been interesting which I otherwise wouldn't get to see, plus the fact I can watch when I want, do mammoth 'catch-up' sessions, not run the risk of being spoilered when browsing the net, and pause, fast forward etc.

    It's now possible to watch all the UK freeview channels, live, for free, via the interwebs. With a 10MB connection, this makes a TV card a antiquated peice of hardware these days.

  • by ATestR (1060586) on Friday December 03, 2010 @06:38PM (#34438586) Homepage
    Would be less, but the kids & wife like watching... I sometimes get roped in, although I prefer my laptop on the desk around the corner.
  • by base_chakra (230686) on Saturday December 04, 2010 @12:06AM (#34441178)

    When people self-report their media consumption, they tend to underestimate (or under-report) the amount of TV they watch. The Video Consumer Mapping Study [] (VCM), the largest study of video consumption to date, also documented this tendency.

    Even for the well-intentioned, it's easy to underestimate. While participants in the VCM commonly under-reported by 25%, I find it especially interesting when a person under-reports by a very large amount—like 80%. There is a social stigma about watching television. Some people feel shame about it, and may even be aware that television is part of a coping strategy in their lives—one of the factors in television addiction [].

    But the VCS is a media study, not a sociopsychological one. It has a lot of fascinating data [] about American's viewing habits. Do people watch more TV or less if they own a DVR? Do most people watch alone or with others? How many people watch more video online than on television? It's in there.

    So maybe reading the study will make you feel better about watching TV. Or maybe, like Jerry Mander, author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television [] , you feel more depressed and concerned as you think about the impact of TV-viewing on our bodies, brains, and societies.

    I'm very fond of Peep Show [] . But I can't shake this nagging awareness that time I spend consuming is time taken away from creating.

Basic is a high level languish. APL is a high level anguish.


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