|I’m not watching TV right here, but it is on inside.|
We are awake approximately 960 minutes per day. With 366 days during the leap year of 2016, I was awake for very close to 351,360 minutes (350,400 minutes during non-leap years, just FYI).
This is also approximately how long you were awake during 2016. So, how did you use your time?
In 2016, I kept track of the amount of TV/Movies I watched. I added 500 minutes as an adjustment for all those times when I was sitting in a restaurant or sports bar and there was a TV on the wall, or I was at another person’s home and their TV was on. These times I did not log. My total time: 15498 minutes.
That is 4.41% of my time, or about 42 minutes and 20 seconds of TV/Movie watching per day, on average. Counting days in terms of awake time (960 minutes rather than all 1440 minutes of a 24 hour day), I watched TV for 16 total days of my life in 2016.
Many of you know that I don’t watch very much TV. Erin and I don’t have cable. We’ve canceled Netflix. Still, I’ve managed to be in front of the tube 42 minutes each day.
When I think of what I could have accomplished during those 16 days, I get a little nauseous. What if I practiced playing the guitar for those 42 minutes each day? What if I practiced learning Finnish?
I could probably play guitar somewhat decently by now, or perhaps speak, write, and read fluent Finnish.
It is a little unreasonable to think I can utilize all of that time. We all need some of our time to be entertaining, and there were several shows and programs that I thought were very worth my time. On the same token, there are many more programs that I would have been perfectly fine having not watched.
If interested, here was my list for 2016. I’ve italicized all those that I believed worth my time in terms of the quality of the movie, the company I was in, the educational aspect, or the pure entertainment value.
|Mozart in the Jungle S1 & S2||480|
|Bridge of Spies||142|
|Sicario (2 viewings)||242|
|Mad Max: Fury Road||120|
|The Big Short||130|
|The Americans S1||612|
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens||138|
|House of Cards S4||635|
|Sherlock Holmes: The Abominable Bride||44|
|Game 7 NBA Finals||140|
|The League S6||288|
|Bosch S1 & S2||1020|
|Walking Dead S5||672|
|Magic Mike XXL||115|
|Whisky Tango Foxtrot||112|
|Better Call Saul S1||460|
|The Fundamentals of Caring||97|
|Beasts of No Nation||137|
|The Hateful Eight||187|
|The Last Man on the Moon||95|
|Sons of Anarchy S7 Ep1-Ep6||345|
|Mr. Robot S1||460|
|Game of Thrones S5||560|
|The Nice Guys||116|
|Eye In the Sky||102|
|Knight of Cups||118|
|Star Trek Beyond (2 Viewings)||244|
|The Man Who Knew Infinity||108|
|The Kettering Incident S1 e1||50|
|Hell or High Water||102|
|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||134|
|Pay 2 Play||87|
|The Jungle Book||106|
|~ Adjustment for TV in other places||500|
|Total Time Watching TV/Movies 2016||15498|
5 thoughts on “Time Spent Watching TV”
This is awesome. How did you collect and record your TV-watching data?
I used Evernote to collect the raw data, then used Excel for the analysis.
To be more efficient in 2017, I will log the movie or TV program with the time length (using IMDB) right away. Then, every few months or so, update the spreadsheet.
Excellent. I've used Google Docs for similar projects in the past. Good luck with 2017 tracking!
You could also include the date so you can see those trends across the year.