Average daily TV hours per country

The Economist provides this nifty chart of the average time spent watching TV in a bunch of countries.

Posted by dustin on July 25, 2007 with category tags of

9 comments
I don't even understand how it is possible to watch that much TV in a day, let alone how that's the average. My mind is boggled.
   comment by Neale Mcdavitt on July 25, 2007

I says average daily household TV viewing, so they must be taking the sum of the averages of the household.

Maybe the US just has bigger households. The Amish, for instance, have large families and oh wait, never mind.

Seems like a weird way to measure TV watching.

And these stats likely don't include watching The Office episodes off the web.
   comment by BJ on July 25, 2007

All I can think is:
- That's an awful A/V setup.
- Those damn kids are too close to the TV!
   comment by vinny9 (#33) on July 25, 2007

My understanding is that the "don't sit too close to the TV" thing came from the first generation of colour TVs emitting too much radiation, which has been fixed for a long time now.

Speaking of television, have you heard of "Flight of the Conchords? I think you would like it.
   comment by chrisdye on July 25, 2007

Those kids have giant feet.
   comment by BJ on July 25, 2007

You know what that means...
   comment by dustin (#1) on July 25, 2007

I live in Belgium, which is a very small country, so it's kind of funny to see that the chart makes a difference between the dutch and the french part. Finally some proof that the french part is less productive :)
   comment by Kris Taeleman on July 26, 2007

My understanding of what household TV viewing means is that the TV is on and at least 1 person is watching, so it's not skewed by the number of people watching at any given time. If the TV is watched heavily on the weekends, that could easily account for half of the hours for the week, so the numbers seem reasonable.
   comment by alex on July 26, 2007

Moo, my Tv broke down So HA that brings down the average by like 0.001% SOOOO...
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!
   comment by Sakib Haider on February 18, 2009

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