The UK is a nation of TV addicts, according to new research that reveals we spend more than seven full weeks a year in front of the telly, which adds up to a massive 9.5 years over an adult lifetime – that’s a seventh (14%) of our lives.
If you’re going to watch this much TV, of course, you need to find ways to squeeze it in, with 19% admitting to watching TV in the workplace – over half (56%) of which are cheeky enough to do so right at their desks and a sly 9% going to the workplace bathroom.
The survey was commissioned by catch-up service uktvplay.co.uk, and reveals that 15% claim to watch the majority of our TV via on demand services rather than live, which significantly increases for those aged between 18 – 24 (33%). Similarly for this age group, over a third (37%) prefer to use tablets, mobiles or laptops instead of a television set.
“It’s amazing how many hours of small screen time we rack up in a lifetime – which is testament to the great programmes available to enjoy,” comments UKTV’s Controller Emma Tennant. “It seems we are also increasingly taking TV out of our living rooms to watch on the go and create our own TV schedules by watching even more shows on catch up services like uktvplay.co.uk.”