Correlations Between TV Time and Internet Use

After analyzing some data found in a survey taken of 243 people, specifically concerning each person’s weekly TV time compared to weekly pleasure-internet use. Both work and pleasure-internet use are analyzed as frequencies in this study. The survey conducted had primarily responses from participants in the age range of 18–30, but substantial participants in the 30–40 age range, and tapering quickly off in the 50–80 age range. The average age of the survey participants is 30.8, showing the large concentration of participants in the 18–30 range, but still just more than 50% of responses came from participants in the 30–80 age range. This implies that the survey responses are weighted somewhat toward the current 20–30 year-old generation, but overall I think that the age variance is reasonably representative of the population.

In the frequency run for TV time of participants, not surprisingly under 10% do not watch any television, but surprisingly a larger percentage of both people who watch 12–18 or 18+ hours of television than those that don’t watch any television. Devoting half a day each week to television watching or more is a very substantial amount of time in consuming a single medium for a week, surely limiting other weekly media consumption. The middle 75% of TV watchers approximately lays within the 0–4, 4–8, and 8–12 weekly hour ranges, and is approximately evenly distributed with about 25% in each of these ranges of hours, with a leaning toward the 0–4 hour range. It is possible that the television hours of participants reflects more college students than the right percent of population, creating a discrepancy in the true hours of television watched weekly by the American public. I would assume that college students watch less TV than the average person due to the limitations of time for non-academic or non-social activities.

In the frequency run for pleasure internet, under 10% of people use don’t use internet for pleasure, which is reasonable. Over a third of participants in this survey use internet for pleasure for each 0–15 hours and 5–15 hours a week. This implies the vast majority of people is getting about 5–10 hours of web-surfing each week—plenty of time for google searches to create a substantial archive, for news and for social media websites to take their “free” toll each week. Addressing the last 25% of respondents consist of 15+ hours of internet, and specifically only about 10% over 25+ hours of internet. These last few numbers I find to be almost inconceivable for that much of our society to spend such substantial time using internet as a mere form of entertainment, but at the same time, it’s very plausible including all the time people could spend on weekends sucked into the time warp of the internet. And this new age of internet availability for cellular phones has created a new, more accessible than ever portal into the digital world.

In the frequency created for work-related internet use each week, the percentages of responses was skewed more toward the higher amounts of time spent using internet for work purposes. It is almost comforting that the average person in this survey uses the internet more for work than for pleasure, as work internet should productive for society in some way, whereas pleasure internet has no such guarantee. In comparing the 25–40 hour range between pleasure internet and work internet, work internet in this category is twice that of pleasure internet, implying there’s a whole lot more people using 25+ hours of internet for work than for pleasure. Lastly, in interpreting this figure, although almost the same number, there is a slightly larger percentage of people that use no internet for work than that use no internet for pleasure.

In a different sort of comparison, a crosstabulation was taken for TV time and pleasure internet time, in which TV time is expressed with pleasure internet time. The strongest three correlations are people watching 0–4 hours of television and using 0–5 hours of pleasure internet, 4–8 hours of television and using 5–15 hours of pleasure internet, and 8–12 hours of television and using 5–15 hours of pleasure internet. These responses make up more than a third of participants, with another third of responses concentrated in the 4–8 hours of television and 0–5 hours of pleasure internet group, the 8–12 hours of television and 0–5 hours of pleasure internet group, the 12–18 hours of television and 0–5 hours of pleasure internet group, the 0–4 hours of television and 5–15 hours of pleasure internet group, and the 4–8 hours of television and 15–25 hours of pleasure internet group. The middle 50% of survey participants averaged spending 4–8 hours a week watching television, and averaged 5–10 hours of television a week. Between these lone two sources of possible media consumption, the average survey participant spends 9–18 hours a week watching television or spending time for fun online, and half of the survey participants spend more time than that.

The findings of our survey imply a strong correlation in society of people who watch __ hours of TV also are likely to spend at least __ hours each week using internet for pleasure. Unfortunately, the statistics that were collected are limited to a relatively small sample that is likely to not be exactly representative of the aggregate behaviors of American citizens in television and internet time. In a survey with a wider sample (ex. with greater age variety and location variety), these aggregate percentages in the frequencies and crosstabulation could be more accurate.

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