[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant

Brian D. Ropers-Huilman brian.ropers.huilman at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 14:20:52 PDT 2007

On 7/18/07, Joe Landman <landman at scalableinformatics.com> wrote:
> Jim Lux wrote:
> > Here's the breakdown... hours per person per year
> > for year 2004
> > Filmed Entertainment:
> > Cable and Satellite TV  1010
> Whoa... 1010 hours?
> Thats 11.5% of a day, every day, watching cable tv ...  3 hours.

My family didn't qualify for a health study here at the University
because (and this is serious) we didn't watch more than 20 hours of
television in a week. Part of their study was to determine the effects
of cutting in half the amount of TV watched. They had data that
indicated the average American family watched 20 hours per week, which
is close to this 3 hours (but for a family, not an individual).

For those interested, my family "views" our television around 5-8
hours total (for all four of us) in a week (this includes broadcast
T.V. [we don't have cable] or rented movies [VHS or DVD]). This is
accounting for a movie once a week for the kids and one for my partner
and I plus some random half hour shows for the kids and the occasional

Brian D. Ropers-Huilman, Director
Systems Administration and Technical Operations
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