SO, how many hours of TV do we Americans watch anyway? In...

salmagundi

February 12, 1993

SO, how many hours of TV do we Americans watch anyway? In a 1992 report, Nielsen Media Research offered these weekly averages:

* All women over 18 years old -- 22 hours.

* Women 18 to 24 -- 20 hours.

* Women 25 to 54 -- 21 hours.

* Women 55 and older -- 22 hours.

* All men 18 and older -- 16 hours.

* Men 18 to 24 -- 16 hours.

* Men 25 to 54 -- 17 hours.

* Men 55 and older -- a whopping 27 hours, the most of any group.

* Female teens -- 16 hours.

* Male teens -- 18 hours.

* Children 2 to 5 (and here's where it gets really scary) -- 18 hours.

* Children 6 to 11 -- 14 hours.

What does it all mean? Well, for one thing, it means each of us spends an average of two to four hours each day vegging out in front of the box. Makes you feel a little guilty, doesn't it? Makes you think you just might want to increase the 20 to 25 minutes you usually spend reading the daily newspaper, right?

Of course it does. And never mind reading those silly old TV listings either. Print's too small anyway. Hurts the eyes. Just like TV rays.

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