British people own less TVs but watch more TV
The average Briton is now watching more drivel on telly, despite the fact that we own less actual televisions than we did a few years ago.
According to the TV Licensing Study, we used to watch 3 hours 26 minutes of TV as day in 2006, but now we watch over 4 hours. Sales of TVs, however, have fallen from 2.3m to 1.8m.
Obviously this is to do with changing habits, ie – taking to your bed at 7.30 with a laptop/ipad and gorging on Breaking Bad and then having dreams about licking crystal meth off Jesse Pinkman and waking up in a sea of toast crumbs and sweat. Or whatever YOU like doing.
Gone is the era of the family gathering around the goggle box as an excuse not to talk to each other. Now, we take our viewing where and when we can get it, using a mixture of live TV, catch-up services and streamed online content.
The survey also turned up some vaguely baffling nuggets about what we like to watch. Although the UK loves comedy, we spend most of our time watching drama and news. People in the North East watch the most music videos, people in the West Midlands watch nearly 6 hours of educational TV a week, and old people love the shit out of cBeebies.
So are massive TVs in the living room on their way out, soon to be replaced by laptops and tablets attached to headboards and sofa armrests?