Americans’ Favorite Thing To Do

21 October, 2018

Americans' favorite activity has long been said to be baseball. But a new study by the U.S. government suggests that is not true. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says Americans seem to enjoy watching television more than anything else.

Researchers examined how Americans age 15 and older spent their free time during the years 2013 to 2017. They learned that Americans spend almost three hours every day watching TV.

The activity includes watching movies, recorded programs, and live broadcasts.

People look at a sign from Donald Trump's television show,
People look at a sign from Donald Trump's television show, "The Apprentice," in New York on March 27, 2004

So who watches television the most? People over the age of 65, researchers found. Older people clock in at more than four and a half hours of television every day.

Parents with small children spent the least amount of time in front of the tube, as TV is sometimes called.

Researchers discovered something else, too: Men watch about 30 minutes more television than women each day.

I'm Kelly Jean Kelly.

Kelly Jean Kelly adapted this story for Learning English from VOA's All About Amierca Blog. Caty Weaver was the editor.


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