Guys Find Other Activities Besides TV

from the TV?--that-old-thing...? dept

It hadn’t really occurred to me until recently, but I can’t remember the last time I really talked to anyone about a TV show. Most of my friends just don’t watch that much TV any more. Apparently, we’re not alone. Guys in the 18 to 34 demographic – often considered the most important for television viewers – are finding other things to do with their time. Mostly, those other things seem to revolve around the internet and video games. There just doesn’t seem to be much of a compelling reason to watch TV. It seems that TV execs are going to have to realize they’re not just competing against other TV execs for people’s free time any more. As the article points out, for many guys, the ability to connect with other guys or to get into a really good storyline associated with a video game beats watching the latest reality TV series. Update: Dan Bricklin, talking about a totally unrelated article, points out that watching TV is a health hazard. While sitting at a computer or playing a video game certainly isn’t wonderful – a study has found that the worst sedentary behavior is watching TV, because it’s so passive (and because people tend to eat while watching TV).

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martin g (user link) says:


Could there possibly be a link I wonder, between your headline “Even The Kids Today Think Modern Music Sucks” and this one ?
The TV suits have been relentlessly dumbing-down TV output in the UK for a decade or so. I guess they’ve been doing it longer in the US.
They could get ratings back up again if they reversed the trend – but that costs money – and needs imagination and creativity. Most of the ( expensive) imaginative/creative types were fired years back.
Much more likely they’ll opt for more shows like ‘Topless Ladies Football Autosport’

thecaptain says:

Re: dross

Or “Survivor 18…some other far away pit we dragged our cameras to”

The relenteless dumbing down of our society by the powers that be seems to be de rigueur for a long time now and for a long time to come. Schools no longer teach critical thinking and intelligence is not only trivialized but completely disrespected.

A sad state of affairs.

mike says:

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Stupid shows, cliched plots, inane dialog and trite gladhanding “personalities” all interrupted every 5 minutes to shout at you about what a loser you are unless you buy some equally useless product. What’s not to love?

I had a 42″ tv that died recently and was considerring a replacement when it occured to me I barely ever turned it on since FOx killed Futurama and the Family Guy.

The overpaid morons in TV land can suck my nuts.

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