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Americans Devoting More Time to Media

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This year, the average American will spend 3,518 hours (nearly five months) watching TV, surfing the Internet, listening to the radio and reading. That's a prediction from The Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2007 . This is the 126th edition of the Statistical Abstract , which is published annually by the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistician Lars Johansen says the 2007 edition is a far cry from the first one, published in the late 1800s. "Now, of course, there are many more things that are available," he points out. "For example, statistics on the use of leisure time. There are statistics on the composition of household and families, which was not available on the first edition of the Abstract ." As the Abstract has expanded over the years, it has presented an increasingly complete picture of America's changing social, political and economic life. For example, Johansen says, the latest statistics reflect the growing emphasis on higher education, with a threefold increase in the percentage of college graduates over the last half-century. "In
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