Source: The Mercury, 24 February, 1999, p.7
CHILDREN are watch- ing less television but teens and older parents are watching more, a report has revealed. And while teen bays are glued to the set more than girls, for the rest of their life women spend, more time in front of the' box. The Australian Film Commission report says: the average Australian. watches television for three hours and 13 min- utes each day. But women watch a half hour more than men. Women over 55 watch the most TV, averaging four hours and three minutes every day, while men aged 18-24 average only two hours, 14 minutes. The most popular time to watch is between 7pm and 9pm. The report found the average household has 1.8 TV sets, with 1.7 in the country. And 87% of homes in the city have a video recorder - the highest proportion of any country in the world. News and current af- fairs take up 20% of our TV time, followed by children's shows (12%), drama and movies (both 12%), and sport (10%). The report, Get The Picture, also reveals: ·We are buying more video movies, but rent- ing fewer. · Two-thirds of videos rented last year came from the US, while only 8% were Australian. · Almost two-thirds of household computers are used to play computer games, with 54% used for study. · The most popular use of the Internet is email for 24% of people.
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