How much television do you watch a week?

@free_man (7337)
United States
January 24, 2010 8:44pm CST
I was just wondering how much TV do everyday people watch. I was brought up in a home where we did not watch TV nor were we able to listen to the radio. We were brought up in a religious home. If it didn't have anything to do with God we were not allowed to do it. We couldn't wear anything but dresses to school, and they had to come down to your knees. So I know now that isn't a normal thing for most people. To this day I can only watch the TV if it is something I really want to see. I turn the TV on for noise. I like to watch the news and important things. Don't get me wrong but I do love to watch a good movie. I do listen to the radio and watch TV but it wouldn't matter to me if it was never turned on, but I do turn it one when I am at home alone cause I like the noise sometimes. So how much TV is too much? How much TV on average do you normally watch a week?
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@divalounger (2252)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I am sure that you have had lots of responses to this question. I am 53 years old and watch about 10-12 hours a week. That time includes movies, including rented DVDs. I find at my age, there is less and less on tv that interests me. I don't like the reality shows much and that seems to be the trend right now.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Divalounger and welcome to my lot. I am 55 so I can relate about not watching too much TV. My husband is younger and he still likes to sit in front of the TV. But honestly it puts me to sleep. I can't sit still that long without falling right off into la la land. They don't have anything any good on regular TV any more and the movies we have I have seen a zillion times boringggggggggg. And it is really way too much money to spend on satellite TV I mean who has 100.00 to throw away each month? Not me I don't want to spend that kind of money on TV when the only thing I would turn it on for would be to learn something. So why waste our money on pay TV. If I want to watch a movie I don't have I will go out and buy the DVD so I can have it forever to watch when ever I am in the mood.
• United States
26 Jan 10
Do you remember when tv was free? It galls me to pay so much for it now. There is nothing on that I want to watch and so I read or watch a dvd instead.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
25 Jan 10
Hi, free_man. I usually will watch about 8-12 hours of T.V. when I am at home. That is if I have an T.V to watch. Right now, we use the Laptop to watch T.V. and movies from. So, I will watch about 6 hours of laptop in a week. That is if I don't go to sleep while looking at an movie on the laptop.
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I am very sorry for the silly myLot codes.. I accidentally put the wrong one on here.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Cream I am so sorry for just getting to your response. You know how it is we all get a little lost at times....LOL. Since that digital television came out our TV won't pick up anything so we can't even watch the local news, unless we watch it on the computer so I know what you mean. I hate it I wish they had left the television waves alone and kept what we had already at least we could get the local news. Again so sorry I missed your response. At least there is the internet so we can watch the news. I figured you had a reason for putting that my lot code on here.
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I was raised in a family where we had the TV on all the time to some stupid show or another. It drove me crazy and my head was always buried in a book. To this day I still don't watch much TV. FlashForward, CSI, and American Idol are about the only things I watch. I do watch movies a lot, though. Music has become a big passion of mine since moving to college. I never realized just how much music did for me til I got here and how much others watch TV. I'm often out of the loop but it doesn't bother me.
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• Indonesia
25 Jan 10
I rarely watch TV. Sometimes I turn it on just to accompany me when I'm alone. I only turn on the TV when I wanna watch 'Friends' or some cartoons. I prefer to watch DVD.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Cloudy and welcome to my lot. I will turn it on if I am home alone and want to have some noise in the back ground while I do something else.
@coolcat123 (4392)
• India
26 Jan 10
very much as i am kind of incomplete without the tv set. If you want to find me in my own house, ask where is the tv set and there would be me. I am always attached to it most of the time. Its a must for my life other than work and studies.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Cool I used to be like that many years ago, but as time went on I got to where I just can't stand the TV being on too much. Thanks
@singuri (571)
• India
26 Jan 10
Till my high school I don't have Tv in my house.My father doesn't want to get addicted to Tv he just want us t concentrate on studies.After my High school he bought a Tv.I got addicted to it a lot.When I am at home I watch Tv for ten hours.Mostly I watch news channels like BBC,CNN.Now I reside in a hostel so I don't have Tv here.I am an Televison addict.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Singuri. I like to watch the news so I can find out what is going on in all parts of the world. The only time I will turn on the TV is when I am home alone and want some noise. It is good that your dad didn't get a TV while you was growing up. I thank God my mother didn't want a TV in the house either. It would have made it easy to forget what was important and get lazy watching television. I know when I married my first husband and we had our own TV it was easy to sit down and watch TV all day long. When I married him I weighed only about 96 pounds and after the first year I weighed over a 150 and I realized then if I kept the TV I was going to get fat and lazy. So I got rid of our TV and never got another one. My husband I have now has several TV's and my ex has several TV's. We will keep the TV but mainly so we can watch the news and my husband can watch TV when he is in the mood. Too much of anything is a bad thing!
@faimei (128)
• Philippines
26 Jan 10
Well, I really don't know if how much TV is too much since I love watching TV a lot. Even if I'm not really watching, I turn the TV on still. Maybe I just turn it off if I feel that the TV should need a rest or I would go out. My whole life I have watched TV for news, or any television series/shows that is worth watching. It really is good because some channels show good information. I would really be missing it if I would not turn the TV on... In our house we turn it on for about 20 hours per day.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Faimei and welcome to my lot. I wouldn't know what to think if the TV at our house was on for that long. We turn it on for the news and important things but to just have it on all day it would drive me up the wall. Oh well to each their own.
• Canada
26 Jan 10
Growing up, I watched way too much television. I didn't much care for anything so I would just throw away hour after of hour of watching TV. I'm not exactly sure what changed this but for the past couple of years I have barely watched anything at all. I have to say in my experience the less TV, the better. You are probably lucky to have been raised without one.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi KarlDeVicky and welcome to my lot. I didn't miss not having it in our home growing up. There was way too many of us kids to have time to sit down and watch TV anyway. My mother was strict and I am glad she was it made me the person I am today. I don't have hang ups about people watching TV even being addicted to TV. As long as I am not forced to watch something I don't give a hoot about in the first place I don't care.
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Free_man, I grew up in a home where TV was always there and anyone could watch if they want to and no one will stop you from doing it. Strangely enough, not one in the family was ever hooked on TV, none of my siblings and parents. I remember when I was a child I only followed Sesame Street and one local kids show and after watching them, I switched the TV off. These days, I do watch the evening news, but I must admit I am a avid follower of American Idol. It's the only show that makes me go home early just so I can watch it. Otherwise, I'm okay without TV.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Doryvien. I will turn on the TV to watch the news. I like keeping up on the things going on around the world.
• United States
25 Jan 10
Steve the Fruitbat - This is a picture of Steve the Fruitbat.
I don't even*have* a television. Just a computer, and a projector for games/movies. I was raised in a family that was parked in front of the TV for a very long time, and after I left home and joined the Army, I realized how much time was wasted, and I've never really looked back.
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25 Jan 10
I m fond of watching a TV and ma TV is alwazz turned on if I m at home. But ya its depends because usually I dont have much time to watch TV so I watch it whenever I have time, mostly during weekends.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Salmanzak. I don't turn the TV on unless I am at home alone and only at a low volume so I can hear the noise of the TV.
@Takashy (496)
• Latvia
25 Jan 10
Well I used to watch it for a few hours every day but ever since I joined the uni I haven't had a lot of time to do that. So now I barely get to watch TV when I'm at home.. which is around 1 or 2 days a week. That or I would just sit at my computer and surf the web for some new info or videos or something else that can entertain me.. :)
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Takashy. What is uni? Oh well better to find something constructive to do with your time. Myself I would rather be doing something positive then sitting in front of the tube doing nothing. Sometimes when I am sitting with my husband I am crocheting so I won't get bored and fall asleep.
• United States
25 Jan 10
When I was younger I used to watch about 4 to 6 hours of television a day. As I grew up it decreased and now I'm lucky to watch even 20 minutes a day. Some days I don't watch television at all. I suppose that is a good thing, as long as I used my time away from the boob tube in constructive activities.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Greatsasuke. I have never really watched it after my first husband. I just could never find the time to waste. It is good to be doing something constructive instead of vegging out in front of the boob tube.
• United States
25 Jan 10
I don't watch much TV at all. Only if someone else in my house is watching something, really. I never turn it on just because I want to. I much rather use the internet or read or do something active. For some reason TV doesn't appeal much to me.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Theweerouss. I will watch for a few minutes and after that I start to fall asleep and only wake up to my husband saying lets go to bed. Just don't interest me much.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
25 Jan 10
I watch tv occasionally, but not that often. There's always something else to do. So I might have it on in the background if I am the only one home.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Cute. I am like you I can always find something more interesting to do then to sit in front of the TV. I turn it on sometimes when I am at home by myself so I have the noise.
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
25 Jan 10
In my family tv has always been a normal thing, and when I was a kid I would spend hours and hours a day in front of it. However, with years I found tv more and more boring, and nowadays I only turn it on to see the weather forecast or to know what time is it in the mornings when I am too sleepy to look for my watch.
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• Philippines
25 Jan 10
Our tv doesnt work so I only get entertainment out of my computer and internet. I have no siblings so I have no competition thank God. Besides Im already old and I do not have to watch cartoons or sports. What would I get out of the tv commercials that always repeat. I do watch sports but in 365 days I maybe watching sports for 20 hours only. I'm quite busy with my online activities.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Cowboy and welcome to my lot. I think that isn't too much TV out of the whole year.
• India
25 Jan 10
hello!! It all depends upon the mood sometimes i watch excessively and sometimes i don't even like to turn on TV. Sometimes i prefer to start my computer instead of watching TV for hours. Sometimes i watch even 8 or 9 hours in one day but sometimes may be negligible. I think this all depends upon the mood what i want to do or what activities or what kind of matter i can watch on TV.
@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Chdsandeep. If I am in the mood for TV it is only once in a great while. My mother wouldn't allow us any of these mordern convonveniences she would have thrown a fit. I guess that is the reason I don't really care too much for TV or the radio. But I would rather turn on the radio then the TV. Thanks.
@monkeylong (3147)
• Guangzhou, China
25 Jan 10
As far as I a concerned, I am usually very busy in my daily life . So I seldom atch TV at home. But Sometimes, I willl have nothing to do ,then I may turn on my TV set to wact TV for a while in order to kill the time.Generally speaking , I may just watch for about 2 hours.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Monkey. If I don't have anything better to do I might turn on the TV but I am usually pretty busy. We have a lot of things to do most of the time. During the winter you might see the TV on more. But during the warmer months the TV isn't on hardly any.
@JAG2009 (268)
• India
25 Jan 10
That's an interesting question because it made me realize something new about myself. I have spent the last 18 months without watching TV. This is because I do not have a TV in the place where I live now. I would never have imagined that I can live without one. Sure, you can see/watch things online, but the TV has its own charm. At least, that is what I had always assumed. Until I realised now - after reading your question - that actually I do not watch TV at all these days, and I find that I'm not really missing out on much. I don't feel deprived in any way. I have more time on my hands. Well, I guess you really do learn something new every day.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Jan 10
Hi JAG. That is great. I think that TV can have a good side but too much of anything isn't good for you.
@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
25 Jan 10
I for these 5 years time has been starting to limit my time to watch television. partly because i have a full time job now and partly is because of the contents. I just watch News in the morning and comedy in the evening. That just seem to be the best way for all day full of work.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Jan 10
Hi Cintoy and welcome to my lot. It is always wise to limit time watching TV. Especially these days when there is so much violence on TV.