Not Enough Time in the Day to ... Watch TV.

There is not enough time in the day to work, sleep, eat ... and watch TV.
Written by Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, Contributor

There is not enough time in the day to work, sleep, eat ... and watch TV.

This has bothered me for a long time.

But you can't live and consume media -- digital or otherwise.

So now comes the latest study from the wizards at Ball State University (make of that rubric what you will).

This outcropping of still-reputable U.S. academia found that the 45-54 age group spends 9.5 hours a day watching TV on one or more screens (TV set, computer or cell phone).

All other age groups, in this study, spent 8.5 hours with TV.

So: How can this really happen?

I like to believe most people are responsible ... and human.


On the responsible end, a wage-earning employee or professional has to spend at least (repeat: at least) eight hours a day on the job. That is, performing profit-producing activities for a profit-seeking organization.

After that, the person has to spend -- supposedly -- another eight (8) hours sleeping, to remain a functional human. Or performance declines.

So, if another 8.5 hours or 9.5 hour is spent watching TV -- on one or more screens -- how is there any time left for any other normal human pursuit?

Such as;

* Talking to a spouse. This can be time-consumptive. * Hugging or kissing a spouse. Less time-consumptive. * Consorting in any other fashion with a spouse. You name it.

Let's get real and just acknowledge that no individual really spends 8 or 9 or more hours truly watching a TV.

The TV may be on. But so is the fireplace, so is the air conditioning (at the same time), and a lot of other homestead and personal activities,

The screen does not have an unbridled hold on anyone's time, most of the time.

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