The American Tombstone Is a TV Set
Why Asia Will Overtake America
by Gary North
Asians manufacture cheap televisions and sophisticated home theater audio systems. Americans buy them. Then we use them, expensively. The cost in forfeited productivity of watching television is greater than any other single waste factor in the West’s economy. The only thing that comes close is Web media. TV consumes on average 4 to 5 hours a day of every American’s life. The statistics are really amazing.
Web-based time consumption is catching up, especially among teenagers. Teens spend between 7 and 8 hours a day on media-related leisure.
I watch TV maybe an hour a day. I watch more these days than I did for over 35 years. I bought a big-screen HDTV and cable in 2008. I watch maybe three one-hour dramatic shows – no ads (fast forward) – plus Sunday Morning (no ads), and maybe one free movie. I try to watch 30 minutes of Yes, Minister re-runs on Netflix, plus at least one Jeeves & Wooster from Netflix. When Foyle’s War or the sequel is on, I watch. That’s about it. This is the wind-down from my work day, which begins at 4:30 a.m. and ends – maybe – at 7:30 or 8 p.m., 6 days a week.
I don’t waste a lot of time.
WASTING TIME IN 3D