<How many times an American changes channels in a lifetime.
There have been a number of studies to find out how many times people
This report gives the results of a number of studies:
Using a questionnaire it was found that 17.9% switched channels more
than once every two minutes, 35.8% changed one to three times every
six and a half minutes 46.3%changed one time every 20 minutes.
Heeter & Greenberg, 1985b
3.4 channel changes per hour during regularly-watched shows.
4.6 channel changes per hour during shows watched on a non-regular basis.
4.9 channel changes per hour.
Walker & Bellamy, 1989
3.4 changes per hour
Wenner & Dennehy,1993
3.2 changes per hour.
4.9 changes per hour
Eastman & Newton 1993
1.73 changes per hour
Cornwell, et al. 1993
13.6 changes per hour
2.5 changes per hour
36.6 changes per hour.
Source: "57 Channels and Nothin' On"1:Electronic Monitoring of
Television Remote Control Device Usage in the Home Environment
The average american watches television for 8 hours and 11 minutes per day.
Source: Nielsen Media Research.
Average life expectancy in the U.S. is 75 years. Source: U.S. Centers
for disease control.
Number of channel changes in a lifetime ? range from 388,000 to over 8
million ? depending on which study results are used.
The number of changes in a lifetime can be calculated by mutiplying:
The number of changes in an hour,
The number of hous watched,
The number of days in a year,
The average life expectancy.
1.73 x 8.183 x 365 x 75 = 387,536.64
36.6 x 8.183 x 365 x 75 = 8,198,751.7
For greater accuracy you may want to deduct a few years for infancy.>
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