Saturday, July 21, 2007


OT but this ranking from the Economist is worth a look....... Can´t belive that the US number is really this high....

8 Stunden im Durchschnitt........ Selbst ich kann kaum glauben das die US Zahl so hoch ist.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

A quick search and I found the (relativ kurz) article here.

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America takes the couch-potato crown, with households goggling at the box for an eye-straining average of 8 hours and 11 minutes every day.

I can only guess at the methodology of the study (zu faul to try looking it up) -- how they came up with these numbers, what they actually mean, etc. But the number for the US does seems high to me as well. It could be that for a 'household' they ask each person to estimate how much TV they watch, then add to get a total for that household, and at the end determine the mean (average). So if, zB, an Ehemann und Ehefrau each report they view, im Durchschnitt, TV for two hours, and their kid says the same, then that 'household' views TV for 6 hours on an average day. Obviously a large 'household' would further inflate the number, as it would for a national comparison (i.e. a nation with larger average household size would have a higher average number of viewing hours). Probably the people who made this survey were not so dumb or dishonest to do such a faulty analysis, but who knows.

I probably watch, vielleicht, for 1 hour each day. But this in an average that I would get by looking at the entire week, because there are many weekdays (Arbeitstage) when I never watch TV (sometimes I do catch a bit of CNBC in the morning -- it is on cable from 06:00-10:00, in English), and includes watching some sports on the weekend (zB I am a big fan of MotoGP).

Personally, if forced to choose, I would rather have the internet than TV. Although there are many things on TV that I would miss (sport, Phoenix, Arte, usw), as well as a lot of Scheiße that I definitely would not miss.

The image of the US as a nation where far too many people are overweight is more accurate, I think.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops -- hab' vergessen: that was me above.


6:36 AM  
Blogger dkearns72 said...

I have seen statistics that show large variances in TV viewing in the United States by ethnicity. That might be part of the explanation?

8:28 PM  
Blogger jmf said...


too bad that they didn´t include the methodology.

The number is even more surprising because i think the US has one of the highest internet usage...

So if you add the time from the internet the numbers don´t add up....

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nielsen. Number is hours TV on......There is watching and there is watching.

12:47 PM  

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