Some Recent Media Stats that made me wide-eyed…
- The average Canadian watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year).
- In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.
- Percentage of U.S. homes with three or more TV sets: 66
- Number of hours per day that TV is on in an average U.S. home: 6 hours, 47 minutes
- Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66
- Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 3.5
- Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
- Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70
- Number of murders seen on TV by the time an average child finishes elementary school: 8,000
- Number of 30-second TV commercials seen in a year by an average child: 20,000
- Number of TV commercials seen by the average person by age 65: 2 million
- In 2009, over 11 million people played World of Warcraft, an online, subscription fee-based multiplayer game.
- According to one study, nearly 1 in 10 young gamers displayed behavior patterns similar to addiction.1
- The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 8- to 18-year-olds are exposed to an average of 10 hours and 45 minutes of media each day.
(Compiled by TV-Free America 1322 18th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036)