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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.

8 Comments:

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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