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From this NEA study:

"The survey also studied the correlation between literary reading and other activities. For instance, literature readers watched an average of 2.7 hours of television each day, while people who do not read literary works watched an average of 3.1 hours daily. Adults who did not watch TV in a typical day are 48 percent more likely to be frequent readers - consuming from 12 to 49 books each year - than are those who watched one to three hours daily."

I guess I'm the exception that proves the rule? I must watch somewhere between 2-4 hours of TV a day, but I've already read 50 books this year and passed my qualifying exam.

Date: 2007-11-20 05:58 am (UTC)
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1. A difference of 24 minutes of TV a day doesn't really sound that significant. That's one Friends rerun.

2. 12 books a year is a frequent reader?

Date: 2007-11-20 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Something like half the adult population didn't read any books in the last year. Those reports always astound me. I just can't fathom not reading.

I'm with Daisie. I read a lot and watch a lot of TV (although, now that we have tivo, it's less time spent watching tv though the same number of shows).

Date: 2007-11-20 11:24 pm (UTC)
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3.5 hours a week is a movie and an episode of The Simpsons, doesn't sound like much to me.

I'd watch a lot more TV if I had time. I'm down to about 2 - 4 hours a week now (CSI & Heroes mostly!) - and I'm also really slowed up with the literature; it's taken me nearly 2 months to get through the last book.

I have read 150 books for work since May though, so that ought to count for something :P

Date: 2007-11-20 06:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am here to balance you out. I don't own a tv, but I also don't read very much any more, and I never read much by way of literary works.

Date: 2007-11-20 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just consume books while I watch TV. ...Am I helping?

Date: 2007-11-22 01:46 am (UTC)
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You mean like popcorn? Are they tasty?

I read a +300 page book yesterday. Certain types of book are so hard for me to put down that I'll stay up until the wee hours to finish. I don't own a TV, but I do spend hours every day at my favorite forums.

I agree that 1/2 hour difference is weak, when you look at it on a day-by-day basis. Multiply by 365 and see how that looks.

Date: 2007-11-22 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Yes, just like popcorn. They are indeed very tasty. Mmmmm, knowledge.

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