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Friday, May 13, 2005

Television (but not Marquee Moon)

Posted by: Jambo / 11:27 AM

Since it seems like the most comments on this blog come after posts about television I thought I would post some TV statistics. In one of the comments yesterday D (good naturedly I think) ridiculed me for not having a TV (which makes about as much sense to me as ridiculing someone for not having a limp, but no matter). I of course do have a TV and sometimes even watch it.

Time per day that TV is on in an average US home: 7 hours, 40 minutes

Amount of television that the average American watches per day: over 4 hours

Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900

Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1,023

Average time per week that the American child ages 2-17 spends watching television: 19 hours, 40 minutes

Hours of TV watching per week shown to negatively affect academic achievement: 10 or more

Percentage of 4-6 year olds in homes where the TV is usually or always left on who can read: 34

Percentage of 4-6 year olds in homes where the TV is not usually or always on who can read: 56

Amount of time children age 4-6 and under spend daily, on average, with screen media: 2:10 hours

Amount of time children age 6 and under spend daily, on average, reading or being read to: 41 minutes

Time per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 38.5 minutes

Percentage of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked, would rather watch TV than spend time with their fathers: 54

Average number of hours per week that American one year-old children watch television: 6

Number of hours recommended by the American Pediatric Association for children two and under: 0

Average daily time American children under age two will spend in front of a screen: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Factor by which men who watch more than 21 hours of TV a week increase their risk of Type 2 diabetes: 2

Percentage of Americans who can name The Three Stooges: 59

Percentage of Americans who can name three Supreme Court Justices: 17

OK, those last two don't really have all that much to do with TV but I thought it was interesting anyway. It's maybe not a fair test for me--being a lawyer with a history degree I can name quite a few justices (including all the current ones.) But then again I can name at least 5 Stooges (not counting D or Iggy Pop) so I guess percentage wise I do better on the Stooges question.


I'm know it is bad form to be the first one to comment on your own post but I'm sure someone else is planning to point this out and I wanted to beat them to the punch. Yes, all Americans have the potential ability to name the Three Stooges but only one can name a Supreme Court Justice and that requires the advise and consent of the Senate.

By Blogger Jambo, at 12:17 PM  

Television is a tool, like a hammer. Well, not really, but a little bit. You can use a hammer to build a nice neck deck or you can use a hammer to break all the windows in Michelle Bachmann's house. You should do the former; you should not do the latter...
(pause while I make sure I'm not accidentally threatening anyone)
A three year old watching Between the Lions can actually learn some reading skills. A three year old watching Mighty Morphin Choco-Frosted Pokotransformerbots only learns to make outrageous demands for birthday gifts.

By Blogger Hammer, at 12:30 PM  

I would point out that we have a Stooge that wants to name judges right and left. Well actually only right.

Oh where was I? Oh, Jambo I am surprised that you failed to mention that you can also name every woman/alien that James Tiberius Kirk slept with as well.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:41 PM  

That's not true. HE can't even name all the women he slept with! I might be able to put together a pie chart breaking them down by skin color, tho--I'm guessing "green" with a plurality at about 34%. That's why the later series sucked, fewer fist fight, no flying drop kicks, and no one sleeping with green women.

By Blogger Jambo, at 3:05 PM  

For the record, I come up with Larry, Moe, Curley, Culey Jo (I think those are two different guys) and Shemp. I know there are one or two more.

By Blogger Jambo, at 3:29 PM  

Here we go again: Violence in the NG was a bit more 80s: Klingons gutting each other with ceremonial swords, Data breaking Borg necks with his bare hands, Riker using actual martial arts (and sleeping with not only multi-hued women but androgenous ones as well).

I can't even watch a Kirk fight scene now after Galaxy Quest. They killed it with the "the Captain's lost his shirt again" scene.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:33 PM  

But I do miss Kirk doing the double eye poke, the nose pull, knocking Spock and McCoy's heads together...

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