Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Screen Time

When my grandfather was growing up, when they talked about a screen they were talking about something to keep the flies out of the farmhouse.

When my father was growing up, the screen he talked about was the local movie theatre.

When I was growing up, it was the tv screen.

Today, we have so many screens it is hard to keep up with them.  TV's. Laptops and PC's. Smartphones. Tablets. Those window screens and big screens are also still around but you don't hear as much about them.

On the subject of screens, I came across this interesting chart at TweetSmarter that daily distribution of the amount of time (in minutes) that people in various countries in the world are interacting with those various screens.

A few fascinating facts for your fancy from the data in the chart.

  • People everywhere in the world are spending a lot of time looking at screens.  The average is between 7 and 8 hours per day.
  • Indonesians are spending around 9 hours a day in front of screens to lead the world. Italians are at the bottom but they are still logging over 5 hours a day with screens.
  • Americans are still watching more TV screens than anyone-an average of 147 minutes per day. On the other end of the spectrum, the Vietnamese are only in front of the TV for a little over an hour.
  • The Chinese are on the laptop or PC longer than anyone-161 minutes per day. Compare that to Kenyans who are only spending 65 minutes and the Japanese who are only spending 68 minutes per day in front of the computer screen.
  • You need to go to Africa to get the highest daily diet of smartphone usage. Nigerians are putting in 174 minutes and the Saudis are logging 169 minutes per day on the small screen.  The French are at the bottom of this category with only 79 minutes per day.
  • The tablet kings are in the Phillipines (115 minutes) and Indonesia (110 minutes). I was surprised that the Japanese are tapping on their tablets for a meager 15 minutes per day. 
How much time are you spending if front or your screens each day?

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