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Q: How many times to Americans change the channel in the course of a lifetime ( Answered ,   2 Comments )
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 Subject: How many times to Americans change the channel in the course of a lifetime Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television Asked by: bobbyrefkin-ga List Price: \$25.00 Posted: 25 Apr 2006 00:46 PDT Expires: 25 May 2006 00:46 PDT Question ID: 722534
 ```I'm interested in whether there are any statistics available on how often Americans change television channels in the course of an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year and a lifetime. I would like data that would give me per-capita averages of channel changes for these time scales for a general population, a city, a state or a region for example. I looked online but couldn't find any information specifically targetting this question. I would very much appreciate assistance in this matter- Bobby``` Clarification of Question by bobbyrefkin-ga on 25 Apr 2006 11:23 PDT ```I don't need information about all the different times, just information about averages from which I could extrapolate averages for the time scales described. Thanks.```
 Subject: Re: How many times to Americans change the channel in the course of a lifetime Answered By: belindalevez-ga on 30 Apr 2006 09:40 PDT Rated:
 ``` The average american watches television for 8 hours and 11 minutes per day. Source: Nielsen Media Research. http://66.249.93.104/search?q=cache:i8Ke_lPMYNgJ:www.nielsenmedia.com/newsreleases/2005/AvgHoursMinutes92905.pdf+average+american+watches+hours+television+2005&hl=nl&ct=clnk&cd=1 Average life expectancy in the U.S. is 75 years. Source: U.S. Centers for disease control. http://www.eagle-min.com/faq/faq85.htm 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.> <"change channels" average respondents remote> <://www.google.com/search?hl=nl&rls=GGLG%2CGGLG%3A2006-12%2CGGLG%3Aen&q=%22change+channels%22+average+respondents+remote&lr=> <"times an hour" "remote control" channels> <://www.google.com/search?q=+%22times+an+hour%22+%22remote+control%22+channels&hl=nl&rls=GGLG%2CGGLG%3A2006-12%2CGGLG%3Aen> <://www.google.com/search?hl=nl&rls=GGLG%2CGGLG%3A2006-12%2CGGLG%3Aen&q=average+american+life+expectancy+&lr=> <://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2006-12,GGLG:en&q=average+american+watches+hours+television+2005> ```
 ```I'd hate to count. Let's see: during a five minute ad break, I might click through the 20 channels on my satellite only connection, back to one for a couple of minutes, back and forth to the original program to see that ads are still running, and then back to the program; and then do this again half an hour later (Germany has long breaks at that interval). I wonder if there is a recommendation for the number of clicks a remote control should survive.```
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