8.5 Hours of Screen Time a Day

tvWe spend a lot of time looking at screens. According to the New York Times "adults are exposed to screens – TVs, cellphones, even G.P.S. devices – for about 8.5 hours on any given day."

I actually think that might be low. I'm in e-marketing, and that means the bulk of my work day is spent looking at a computer screen. At home, I enjoy surfing the web, reading my RSS feeds, tweeting and maintaining this site. That's another couple of hours, easy. Then, there's TV time. I'm guessing that's another two hours, sometimes more. Heck, a hockey game is a three hour block... and I'm addicted to The Wire on DVD.

Yeah, I'd say 8.5 hours is low for me. On weekdays, anyway.

On average, how many hours a day do you spend staring at a computer screen, TV, or cellphone?

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james edgar

8 or so at work most days . At least 2 online after work. BT for 45 minutes in the morning. An occasional after work TV/wireless laptop evening.

Frick 10-12 a day ever week day. Maybe 6 on a weekend day.

In the Summer I'm working on or Riding my Motorcycle most days and nights in a weekend. And actually on a lot of weknights too.

So Winter anything up to 12 hours. Summer a more reasonable 7 .

March 27, 2009 @ 5:31 PM

james edgar

Wait I forgot the bike has a GPS.

12 in the summer too. Although I don't actually stare at the GPS while riding.

March 27, 2009 @ 5:33 PM


work computer: 8 hours
home computer: 3 hours
home tv: 3 hours
= 14 hours

March 27, 2009 @ 6:36 PM


Too much.

March 27, 2009 @ 10:25 PM


I'm up to 16 hours easy.

March 28, 2009 @ 1:16 AM

Toronto Mike

Of course, this is an unfair sample... I'm polling precisely the people who spend more time in front of a screen: blog readers!

I'm certain anyone who will read this spends more than 8.5 hours a weekday in front of a screen unless they're a landscaper or electrician or something like that.

March 28, 2009 @ 8:19 AM

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