According to Nielsen Media Research, that’s the number of hours an average American family spends watching television every month. Which means a TV is spitting out shows, advertisements and noise for 8 hours and 18 minutes of every single day.
142 hours. I can’t even comprehend how ridiculous that is. Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Chuck, House, Ugly Betty, The Biggest Loser, it’s a never-ending list served by another never-ending list: ABC, NBC, FOX, CW…
What are we all doing in front of the tv? Our society has such loaded opinions about world affairs, peace, the economy, government, the environment, democracy, poverty, war and human rights. There are library shelves spilling over with the works of Hemingway, Dickens, Twain and Tolstoy. And what are we doing? Voting for Lance Bass to win a dancing competition for D-list celebrities.
“Today’s audience knows more about what’s on television than what’s in life.” – Larry Gelbart
I second that completely. We are watching our society, we are watching our culture, we are watching life. It all makes me wonder if the only evidence that this generation existed are going to be the permanent couch imprints. 142 hours a month, what a colossal waste of time.
How do you feel about our tv-obsessed culture? How much TV do you watch in a week?
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