October 5 2010|02.00 AM UTC

Stan Reybern

Television in America: Evolution of the American Couch Potato

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Ninety-nine percent of the American household has a television set — that’s over 113 million household. The vast majority of them will have at least two television sets, with a little bit over half of them owning more than three television sets.  Without a doubt, the television (and the accompanied mass media) is one of the major influential technologies in recent history.  The following infographic will show how television has affected and shaped American lives.

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Davs October 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I love TV, but these statistics are very sad =(


Rafi @ Passionate Fitness October 5, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Honestly, I think the television can be a force for good, but up to now it seems to have just really, really dumbed down society. I personally rarely watch t.v. anymore. It’s just one huge time sink.


me September 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

so instead you waste time replying to posts about TV on the internet


Charle October 5, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Only 1 in 12 American families insist their children do homework before watching TV? Add to that the fact that kids spend more hours of their life watching TV than in school and it’s no wonder our educational system isn’t working. That’s the parents’ fault, though.


Eric October 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm

It doesn’t surprise me. Often times parents use the TV as a babysitter. Not to mention, getting kids to do their homework is too much work for them. And, you’re right…. our educational system isn’t working because of parents and teachers/schools.


Austin October 6, 2010 at 2:28 am

I watch an hour on average. I am 14 years old. Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you.


Knux Kitsune October 7, 2010 at 12:58 am

I think the days of television are about gone. I see television as a stepping stone for visual media to grow and expand. Today, the internet is the main source of news, shows, and programming while the TV is slowly being phased out by the more interactive alternative.


mclaughlin October 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm

well, I’m one of the rare few – I don’t own a TV.


Gustavo Martinez November 8, 2010 at 3:03 am

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Thank you very much, I hope your answer.

Gustavo Martinez
Editor Geeksroom.com


Samantha Eckles November 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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ben September 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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