British people own less TVs but watch more TV

18 March 2013

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?

TOPICS:   Technology   TV   Freebies   Cool Stuff   Gadgets


  • Mike K.
    Obviously sales of TVs having fallen does not necessarily mean that "British people own less TVs..."
  • Yodel b.
    FEWER TVs, love. Not "less".
  • LL J.
    In 2006 everyone was still replacing their CRTs with flatscreens, sales were abnormally high. As most CRTs have already been replaced, more TVs are being bought as additional sets these days rather than replacements, ergo there are probably more TVs in use not fewer.
  • zeddy
    Utter cock! I never watch any TV at all nowadays. I sit at my computer all day hoping that this site produces something worth reading (like Chewie). I'm waiting....
  • Her L.
    Lucy, I think you'll fit in well here.
  • chewbacca
    @Exxy I have a life, speak for yourself. You utter fucking moron.
  • Zeddy
    I think you'll find you're the fucking moron ,who has no life as you're always posting shite on here.
  • zeddy
    Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.
  • Teddy
    Imitation *IS* the most sincere form of flattery.

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