One clue about the astonishing rise of TV-watching time comes from its displacement of other activities, especially social activities. As Jib Fowles notes in Why Viewers Watch, “Television viewing has come to displace principally (a) other diversions, (b) socializing, and (c) sleep.” One source of television’s negative effects has been the reduction in the amount of human contact, an idea called the social surrogacy hypothesis.
Note: not to leap to conclusions, but the replacement of tv with socnets would then be a net positive?
I assumed that the producer and I would jump into a conversation about social construction of knowledge, the nature of authority, or any of the other topics that Wikipedia often generates. She didn’t ask any of those questions, though. Instead, she sighed and said, “Where do people find the time?” Hearing this, I snapped, and said, “No one who works in TV gets to ask that question. You know where the time comes from.” She knew, because she worked in the industry that had been burning off the lion’s share of our free time for the last fifty years.
Americans watch roughly two hundred billion hours of TV every year. That represents about two thousand Wikipedias’ projects’ worth of free time annually.
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Note: too true.