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.