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View Poll Results: How many hours per day do you watch TV?
1 hour or less 22 11.96%
1-2 hours 34 18.48%
2-3 hours 49 26.63%
3-4 hours 25 13.59%
4-5 hours 19 10.33%
5-6 hours 9 4.89%
6-7 hours 9 4.89%
7-8 hours 2 1.09%
8-9 hours 1 0.54%
10 or more hours 14 7.61%
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How Many Hours Per Day do You Watch TV?

According to Nielsen viewership statistics, in the U.S. the average amount of time spent each day watching TV is five hours. That is up to 35 hours a week of TV viewing, which is almost as much time spent as a full-time job! the United States leads the world in TV viewing.

Viewing habits tend to vary by age, with retirees exceeding 50 hours a week while young viewers consume about half that. Another notable trend is a decrease in "live" TV viewing as streaming continues to gain in popularity with Netflix leading the charge.

Please take a moment to answer the poll, I'm curious what the average daily TV viewing time is here on AVS Forum given that it is a site for TV enthusiasts. I come in on the extreme low end of the scale, for what it's worth.

For the sake of this poll, let's consider watching movies at home to be "watching TV" since with streaming these days it's basically the same thing. We're also counting gaming.

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Wanted to clarify before answering the poll. Does TV watching also include gaming?

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Wanted to clarify before answering the poll. Does TV watching also include gaming?
I just added gaming. After thinking about it, the answer is yes... anything that is viewed on a TV aside from PC desktop stuff like using a TV as a PC monitor for non-gaming, non-streaming purposes (like Photoshop or spreadsheets).

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If you are watching tv 5 hours or more each day and you are not retired I don't think you are going to be very successful in life. A man with a job and responsibilities who is trying to get ahead would not have the time to do that.
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I watch one or two Blu-ray movies a day on a TV. I switched to better quality TVs as well as better quality content because of AV Forums. The computers impact on my life is that i watch all non movie stuff on a laptop or monitor..i do not need a big TV for that.
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I am probably in the 1-3 hour range Monday - Friday. I usually watch 1-2 shows a night or a single movie. On Saturday and Sunday I have football on all day. While I am in and out of watching the games, it could easily be 7 hours (of commercial free football ).
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If you are watching tv 5 hours or more each day and you are not retired I don't think you are going to be very successful in life. A man with a job and responsibilities who is trying to get ahead would not have the time to do that.
Wow that's a bold statement -- I completely disagree, and I'd consider myself "successful" by most people's measure of the word. Of course, I could always spend more time working...but, I already spend enough. I trade sleep, I'll do that when I'm dead.
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Wow that's a bold statement -- I completely disagree, and I'd consider myself "successful" by most people's measure of the word. Of course, I could always spend more time working...but, I already spend enough. I trade sleep, I'll do that when I'm dead.

Not my intention to offend anybody just speaking facts, 67 percent of successful people watch TV for 1 hour or less per day. In all my years of research, reading and speaking to business men and people trying to achieve goals there is not a single one who watch TV for over 5 hours each day.
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Not my intention to offend anybody just speaking facts, 67 percent of successful people watch TV for 1 hour or less per day. In all my years of research, reading and speaking to business men and people trying to achieve goals there is not a single one who watch TV for over 5 hours each day.
Didn't offend me...I just don't agree. I work hard, I write software for two consulting companies, spending often-times 12+ hours a day coding and last month probably closer to 14+ hours. I suppose I'd write software for my own indulgences if I didn't watch TV (or post here, lol) and maybe I would be even more successful. But, spending that much time working, rather than entertaining myself, is a good way to become Jack from "The Shining".

I guess business-folk are different, though. But, I'm not a business-man, I'm just a well-paid geek, lol.
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Lol, I watch some news and other shows at up to 1.8x if I am not too interested in the talking heads. Skip the ads and you're done with an hour in 30 minutes or less! Other times I have something on in the background while I do other things, e.g., type on AVS... like right now ;-)
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Didn't offend me...I just don't agree. I work hard, I write software for two consulting companies, spending often-times 12+ hours a day coding and last month probably closer to 14+ hours. I suppose I'd write software for my own indulgences if I didn't watch TV (or post here, lol) and maybe I would be even more successful. But, spending that much time working, rather than entertaining myself, is a good way to become Jack from "The Shining".

I guess business-folk are different, though. But, I'm not a business-man, I'm just a well-paid geek, lol.

So you work 12 hours plus 5 hours of watching TV that leaves 7 hours to get to work get home, eat, sleep and and whatever stuff you need to do. I am assuming that you are some kind of experimental AI and not human since writing software gets you mentally tried and you would not be able to keep up that schedule, in that case my comment would not apply to you.
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A better question would be how many hours do you spend on AVS rather than enjoying your TV
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Not my intention to offend anybody just speaking facts, 67 percent of successful people watch TV for 1 hour or less per day. In all my years of research, reading and speaking to business men and people trying to achieve goals there is not a single one who watch TV for over 5 hours each day.
Most of those ''succesful'' people are workaholics. Trying achieving materialistic goals while neglecting lots of important stuff in life ending up empty. I bet very few of those chills out plenty which is what TV watching is all about.
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Just with this poll as anecdote, I feel like maybe those Nielsen rating numbers are "cooked" or otherwise inflated. I have no idea, just sayin'.
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I voted 1 hour or less but it's very hard to tell. I tend to binge when work is slow and when I have a lot of work I could go 6 weeks without turning on the TV at all.

As has already been said, I don't know how someone can watch that much TV. I know my retired parents will have the TV on but not be actively watching it, that could skew the stats.

Some folks I work with will actively be streaming a TV show or sports event on the job?! Other folks I work with will stream a show/sports on a break. Yet others will steam a show/sports during non active work/down time. When my work is done I tend to help out other departments.

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If I wasn’t married and if I didn’t have kids I would definitely be in the 5+ hours a day camp. But all I have time for is about one to two hours in the late evenings between work and family time.
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Not my intention to offend anybody just speaking facts, 67 percent of successful people watch TV for 1 hour or less per day. In all my years of research, reading and speaking to business men and people trying to achieve goals there is not a single one who watch TV for over 5 hours each day.
That definitely was your intention, and it is not a fact.
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Hate to admit it but I am in the 10+ hours a day. I Work grave yard shift in a large data center and am only there if something goes wrong and it rarely does. To kill time I watch TV on my laptop most of my shift. At home I watch a lot of movies in my home theater where I rack up about 3000 hrs a year on the projector. Of course a lot of that time both at work and in the theater is surfing the net and time spent here on AVS.
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That definitely was your intention, and it is not a fact.

I can tell you my intentions but at the end of the day I cannot control your reaction to things. You can choose to see the negative or the positive, you can choose to be offended, angry or calm that's all on you.
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I can tell you my intentions but at the end of the day I cannot control your reaction to things. You can choose to see the negative or the positive, you can choose to be offended, angry or calm that's all on you.
Cool story bro.

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So you work 12 hours plus 5 hours of watching TV that leaves 7 hours to get to work get home, eat, sleep and and whatever stuff you need to do. I am assuming that you are some kind of experimental AI and not human since writing software gets you mentally tried and you would not be able to keep up that schedule, in that case my comment would not apply to you.
I am pretty sure I already answer that, lol..."I trade sleep, I'll sleep when I'm dead". I can code and eat. Plus, yes, you're probably driving at something, which is that if I took at step back, my average is probably less than 5 hours a day -- but, there are still plenty of days where I get home from a long work day and crash in front of the TV to watch a movie with my daughter or just listen to music.

Either way, the only point I was really trying to make is that one can strive for a work-life balance that is heavily work based but still uses A/V entertainment to fill the voids, and that's pretty much a good description of my life (unless it's super nice out, then I'd rather be outside).
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So is this question geared to "dedicated" tv time? I'd say 70% of the time the tv is on I'm on my phone or computer as well (wife has, uh, unique taste in shows). The remaining 30% I'm engrossed as it's movies or something that actually requires me to pay attention.
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Usually a movie and some sports after dinner so a solid 4+ hours most days.
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I work from home, and by most standards I am successful in my career of 20+ years, the last 12 years working from home with an occasional work trip. I have the news on almost all day usually. Kind of more like background noise while working. Maybe 3 to 4 movies a week after work hours. Work a normal 40 hours, but often see 60+ hours and some weekends with 12 hour days when on call . After work maybe 3 to 4 hours on average. But again, I rarely sit and watch tv, usually doing some home chores with the tv on during the week. Working on the home and property on weekends when I can. So less tv on weekends.

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I am disappointed in how much time my fellow Americans stare at the idiot box. No wonder the library is so pain free.
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Hate to admit it but I am in the 10+ hours a day. I Work grave yard shift in a large data center and am only there if something goes wrong and it rarely does. To kill time I watch TV on my laptop most of my shift. At home I watch a lot of movies in my home theater where I rack up about 3000 hrs a year on the projector. Of course a lot of that time both at work and in the theater is surfing the net and time spent here on AVS.
Where do I get that job?

I'm always surprised how much Americans watch TV. People should spend some more time outside or something.
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Where do I get that job?

I'm always surprised how much Americans watch TV. People should spend some more time outside or something.
I have a nice deck with a pool and hot-tub outside but rarely use it. Out side is a very inhospitably place as right now we are infested with EEE encephalitis caring mosquitoes and lime diseased tics not to mention the cancer causing UV rays. I like inside.

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If the fam is around I watch 2-3 hours a day because the 1st thing the kid and his mom do when they walk in the house is turn on the TV. I'm not actually watching so much as I'm present in the room while the TV is on. I'll browse the web or play games on the phone about half of those 2-3 hours. If it's just me, I prefer listening to music and watching sports a few times a week.
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This poll question reminds me of the Cable Tech who walked into my room and asked why i had 4 tvs in the room.
I said because 5 is 1 too many.
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