When you’re watching TV, what kind of screen are you looking at? There used to be only one answer.
I’m old enough to remember a time when watching TV meant sitting in your living room and staring at the box around which your furniture was placed. When someone tells me they don’t even own a television, I’m old enough to honestly wonder how they arrange their living room furniture!
Watching TV when I grew up, you see, meant looking at an actual television.
And about a third of all viewers — as well as about half of Millennials, those born between 1983 and 2001 — watch TV shows and movies on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
What’s also interesting is that when asked to rank the digital devices people value the most, television, the so-called “electronic fireplace” we all thought was the thing we’d never live without in the 1970s, drops to fourth place behind other devices which happen to give you the option to experience “television” on something else.
First place, which probably comes as a surprise to no one, is the smartphone, mentioned by 76%, Deadline reported. They’re followed by laptops and then desktops.
As I type this on a laptop, incidentally, I’m watching CBS This Morning on an actual television. I typed my last blog post two days ago on a desktop computer while watching television on a television. The other day, I wrote a blog post on my desktop in one tab of a browser while I was listening to an episode of the classic Twilight Zone playing from Netflix in another tab of the same browser.
Yes, I generally do have a “second screen” going when I’m watching television. But whenever possible and practical, I prefer the television be on a television set.
Which “screen” do you most often watch television programs on: a TV, smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop? What percentage of time spent watching TV involves watching an actual television set?
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.