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Americans are glued to digital screens most of the day (survey)

Survey says that Americans are glue to electronic screens for multiple hours each day.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor on

More than half of Americans are spending between one and six hours in front of some sort of electronic displays each day, according to new research from non-partisan polling agency Poll Position.

Electronic screen types specified in the survey consist of TVs, computer displays, e-book readers, PDAs or cell phones.

Here's the breakdown of the amount of time that Americans spend in front of an electronic screen on a daily basis:

  • 1-3 hours: 31 percent
  • 4-6 hours: 30 percent
  • 7-9 hours: 22 percent
  • 10 hours or more: 12 percent
  • Spend no time: 2 percent

To be honest, I'm surprised that the numbers for 4 to 6 hours and 7 to 9 hours aren't higher. While it might seem sad to some people that someone could spend that long staring at a screen, it really isn't that uncommon when you think about it. If you use a computer for work, you're looking into a display for at least eight hours -- not to mention glances at a smartphone and if you plan to watch anything on television that evening.

Other interesting findings:

  • Men were most likely to spend 4 to 6 hours in front of a screen at 34.1 percent, while more women (32.1 percent) spend 1 to 3 hours.
  • More democrats spend 4 to 6 hours (31 percent), while most Republicans (38.4 percent) spend 1 to 3 hours.

For reference, the study, conducted on November 19, is based upon the responses of of 1,220 registered voters nationwide.

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