TV SurveyFriday, December 04, 2009 By Justin F
Have you ever wondered how long the Northwood students watch TV or how many TVs people have in their homes? Well, I did a survey to find just that out. I surveyed 95 Northwood High School students in an anonymous survey. I asked how much time kids spend watching TV. 30% of the high school students watch TV for 2 hours. 20% of the students watch TV for about 1 hour. 11% of the students watch TV for 3 hours. Obviously, most of the students spend some time, but not a lot of time, watching TV. According to California State University-Northridge researchers, on average the TV is on in the typical American home for 6 hours and 47 minutes. Americans watch 250 billion hours of TV annually. In a 65-year life, a person will spend 9 years glued to the tube. I think that sounds reasonable. I asked students how many TVs they had in their home. 25% of the students have 5 TVs in their home, 22% have 3 TVs, and 17% of the students have 4 TVs. Again, according to California State researchers, at least 99% of the people in the United States have at least one television. The average number of TVs in a house is 2.24. I asked students what their top 3 favorite types of shows were. The top genre was comedy at 30%, next was drama at 21%, and third was sports at 16%. The final survey question was if they had TiVo or DVR and if they used it. 33% of the students have it and 66 percent don’t have it or don’t know if they have it. These is a fascinating look into the TV viewing life of the Northwood student. How much time should you be watching TV? How are your grades? Maybe you should spend less time studying the tube and more studying for school.