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Television Viewing We in the US love media in all its forms. Nielsen Media Research regularly reports on how much TV people in the US typically watch. The average US person in 2006 watched about four and a half hours per day of TV, including nearly 2 hours during prime time evening (retrieved 16 April from http://www.nielsenmedia.com/nc/portal/site/Public/menuitem.55dc65b4a7d5adff3f65936147a06 2a0/?vgnextoid=4156527aacccd010VgnVCM100000ac0a260aRCRD ). These 2006 data represent a 26 minute increase over 1995-1996 hours of TV viewed. Nielsen based its estimates on a very carefully selected sample of 10,000 viewers. If they are pretty close on their estimate and each of us watches about 4 hours per day, then that's a great deal of TV in a lifetime. Multiply 4 hours by (7 days then 52 weeks), you'll find that we watch an estimated 1,456 hours of TV per year. If we maintained that every year from Kindergarten through 12th grade we'd end up having watched about 17-19,000 hours of TV by the time we graduated high school (give or take a few hours per week). Interestingly, K-12
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