Young people watching shows, but not on TV

TV is a staple in every young person’s life…or is it? New research conducted by Nielsen shows that Americans from the ages of 12 to 34 are watching their shows, but not on a normal television set.  Instead, young people are using their computers and phones to tune in.

The report also concluded that those 35 and older, particularly those above 65 years of age, are actually spending more time in front of the tube.  Why the discrepancy? Younger people are more likely to use newer technologies to get their TV fix, streaming shows online or on their portable phones and tablets. In fact, in the third quarter of 2011 those in the 25 to 34-year-old age group watched about four and a half fewer hours of television than in same period in 2010. 12 to 17-year-olds also watched less, as did viewers between the ages of 18 to 24.

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So the real question is, is this trend good or bad? Well, for one, it’s not particularly beneficial for the major networks and those in the television industry. But besides that, a decline in the use of TV could also mean a decrease in family time. Think about it--if young people aren’t watching TV and older people are, that also means that kids aren’t watching TV with their parents, which in this day and age, is one of the main ways to spend time with your children. After all, I still remember watching Barney and Sesame Street with my mom and dad.

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Still, there is a simple solution to this dilemma. Try turning off the computers, TVs, iPads, tablets, and phones and…[drumroll please] just talking. Or going outside. Or anything. I know it’s easy to get caught up in the newest drama on Gossip Girl or who is getting kicked off Dancing with the Stars and I’m not asking, nor expecting, anyone to stop watching them. I mean, I’m as big a fan of The Voice as anyone else. That being said, no show is worth losing your family time over.

 What do you think of this trend? Does your family watch TV together?

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