Screen Time By the Numbers: 10 Startling Stats About Our TV Watching Habits

Chances are, you watch way too much TV. But chances also are that you don’t think so. Check out these staggering stats on Americans and our TV time from Nielsen. Looks like we could all use a little more balance in our lives and a lot less Bachelor.

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Years the average person will have spent watching TV.


Percentage of households that possess at least one television.


Percentage of U.S. homes with three or more TV sets.


Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner.


Percentage of Americans who say they watch too much TV.

1, 480

Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television.


Percent of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked to choose between watching TV and spending time with their fathers, preferred television.


Hours per year the average American youth spends in school.


Hours per year the average American youth watches television.


Number of violent acts seen on TV by age 18.

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