Thursday 29 September 2016

How long you spend staring at the TV in your lifetime may shock you

Published 19/05/2016 | 10:47

Ever wondered how long you spend staring blankly at your tellybox throughout your lifetime?

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According to a new study we spend on average eight years and 10 months of our lives gorging on our favourite shows.

We also spend about eight months discussing the programmes we've watched - so that's almost a decade of our lives in total dedicated to television.

Two thirds of us also say television is our favourite topic of conversation with friends and colleagues.

The average adult spends 15 minutes a day talking about the latest TV story while 36 per cent say TV is the most talked about topic in the office.

The UK study, by Freeview to launch its Catch Up Hotline, also found that these days the average person has five series they watch regularly and 86 per cent of those use catch-up services to keep abreast of the latest episodes.

When they do use catch-up, half of them avoid social media in an effort to avoid spoilers. 

The reasons why we miss out on TV are mainly lack of time and too much work (58% of people surveyed cited these reasons).

Although you might think most people are more inclined to watch TV alone due to schedules, you'd be wrong.

Three quarters prefer to watch shows with friends and family.

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