How often do you watch television

How often do you watch television? Most of us watch television for typically three and a half hours every day. That equates to watching from around 7pm to 10.30pm every evening, for example. Does that describe your viewing habits?

Regardless of how often you happen to watch television, the real question is how it affects the rest of your life. How many of us watch soap operas instead of picking up the phone to call a friend or family member? How many of us put television above other social activities?

It can sound like a negative influence when you think of television in its most basic terms, but this isn’t necessarily the case.

Christmas television is one of the best examples of television becoming a sociable activity. There is nothing better than having everyone sitting together and watching some of the family films that are a key part of every festive period.

Think about sport as well. Do you watch major sporting events with your family? Maybe you watch the Wimbledon tennis finals, the Open Golf Championships or even the Olympics. All of these and more give you the chance to talk to your family about which sports you like the best and who is backing which player.

Television is even a major part of a night out to the pub. How many pubs do you know that have a big screen that shows all the big football games? You can’t get much more sociable while watching television than this!

Instead of staying at home and watching something on your own you can turn it into an event that you will remember for longer. You can also enjoy being with your friends and family more than you would be normally. Doesn’t that sound like a great sociable activity to get involved in?

It applies at all ages as well. Plenty of mums and dads sit down with their young children and watch educational programmes that help the kids learn all kinds of skills, not least their letters and numbers. These programmes are on lots of different channels as well, which means this kind of sociable activity can be arranged to suit the other needs and demands of a busy family household.

Another big benefit of modern television is that there are a lot more channels to watch than there were a couple of decades ago. Fresh programming choices are available to suit the whole family via Sky TV as well as cable television and the terrestrial channels.

So when we think about television as taking time away from other social activities perhaps we should think about it in more detail. As you can see, it can be a positive event and a way to learn more than we ever have before about the world around us.

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