Who’s Tuning In, Logging On and Hitting the Books

vonjobi writes "According to the NOP World Culture Score Index: 'Globally, individuals say they spent 16.6 hours watching television, 8 hours listening to the radio, 6.5 hours reading and 8.9 hours on computers/Internet (for non-work related reasons) on average each week.'

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Amazing

Globally, individuals say they spent 16.6 hours watching television, 8 hours listening to the radio, 6.5 hours reading and 8.9 hours on computers/Internet (for non-work related reasons) on average each week.'

Wow, that's actually kind of amazing. I use almost the same hours for my stats, but for different things. I probably spend 16.6 hours on computers/internet. (Hey I'm a computer geek, sue me.) I would say that 8.9 hours of reading sounds about right, though perhaps we could go all the way to 9 or 10 hours. I easily have 8 hours of radio listening, but it's XM. XM is a more advanced and efficient way to listen to the radio. You get far more music and far less BS than with broadcast. However, I probably spend a little less than 6.5 hours watching TV.

Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like TV. It's that I don't like what's on TV. TV used to be pretty good, but dammit I can't take another dumbass sitcom. I used to watch a ton of pro wrestling, but somewhere along the line, they stopped concentrating on wrestling and started focusing on idiotic plotline. So about all I watch now are documentaries, CSI, NCIS (Abby is HOT and the actress is highly intelligent. Can anyone say Masters of Criminology?), and reruns of This Old House (Norm Abram is the MAN.).

Sad, no?

simultaneous media and "new media"

The survey doesn't address the common practice (at least in this country) of surfing/listening to music, surfing/watching TV, reading/listening to music, etc., at the same time (re: Simultaneous Media Usage Survey). For example, I love to listen to the online version of XM Radio while using the Internet at work.

Also, I would guess that by eliminating the "at work" Internet time, the survey minimizes the overall Internet usage in the U.S., because many cubicle-dwellers here combine recreational and work reading, though there might be some guilty feelings about it.

Looking at the "new media" usage here in the U.S., I find that 30% of 18-24 year olds read blogs and 44% of 18-24 year olds listen to Internet radio, so I would wonder how the rest of the world compares in using the "new media"

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