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(Mental Floss)   Graph showing which countries read the most. America: TL;DR   ( divider line
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2014-03-04 08:39:55 PM  
Being Canadian, I naturally compared the US and Canada. The two countries are surprisingly or unsurprisingly close on all media consumption except TV. Canadians watch 4.3 hours less television. Since almost everybody has cable now, this strikes me as odd. It was easier to understand when we had no access to American cable shows and only two stations, the CBC and Not the CBC. It is less easy to understand when we have some good domestic TV shows and lots of copies of American reality and game shows like Dancing with Margaret Atwood. I made that one up but I think it is hilarious, whereas Dancing with the Canadian Stars is just dull. Unless you can get William Shatner. Those fat guys sure can cut a rug.

Mind you, my parents are very active in their mid-seventies. They are always out doing something, even if it is just walking or mowing the lawn, and they watch very little television compared to most people their age, particularly older Americans and recent immigrants' parents and grandparents. I suspect Canadians may take more advantage of the sharply distinct seasons to play winter and summer sports or simply get out and do things for the community or with friends and family.

Even Canadians assume that US statistics apply to Canadians, but it isn't always so. There are seemingly random differences that add up to a consider cultural difference. For one thing, Canadians use the word "culture" in the anthropological sense of the word--Canadian culture includes Tim Horton's and hockey, but does not include high opera or the ballet, as American "culture" or German "kultur" does.

We're obviously up to something during those four hours a week. That's over 216 hours a year per person, enough time to infiltrate the US and take it over without the Yankees noticing until it's too late.
2014-03-04 09:51:03 PM  


And like it?
2014-03-04 10:14:01 PM  
I'm pretty sure that India has a pretty high illiteracy rate - how much are these people reading to make up for all those who can't ready anything?
2014-03-04 10:30:17 PM  
I'm wondering where a good deal of India finds time to read outside of working insanely long hours.
2014-03-04 11:09:23 PM  
I used to read a ton but then came kids and there never seemed to be time or mental energy for reading, it was much easier to just veg in front of the computer.  Then I was hospitalized and daytime TV sucked so I had my wife bring me books and I started getting back into the reading habit.  Now I have a nice cell phone and I get e-books and I find I read a lot more because I can always whip out the phone and read for a few minutes when I am waiting for other things.  I do a lot of reading sitting in car pool lines at schools or waiting for the kids games to start or during practices.
2014-03-04 11:15:31 PM  
I've been to the 3 Asian countries on the top 5 list and I can say that they read so much because their local television programming really sucks.

You think their script writers can come up with a Breaking Bad or Homeland?  Hell no!

U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.!!!!
2014-03-05 02:22:02 AM  

We're obviously up to something during those four hours a week.

From watching the Olympics, I'm guessing that it's curling.

That's over 216 hours a year per person, enough time to infiltrate the US and take it over without the Yankees noticing until it's too late.

The accent and terminology would give it away, we outnumber you roughly 10 to 1 and we're armed to the teeth.
2014-03-05 06:59:22 AM  
I don't really trust these figures. I went to the original website and totalled the hours a person in Thailand (the country just caught my eye as it was in the top of all lists) spends:

TV         22.4
Radio    13.3
Reading  9.4
Internet  11.7

So, that adds up to 57.7 hours per week, that's a third of the whole week.  Really? How about working, housechores, sleeping, eating, commuting, interacting with other human beings?
How were the questions asked?  Does having a tv running in the background while you cook count as "watching TV"? How did they check the data (number of books/newspapers sold in said countries)?

//What do you answer if you are reading a book while the computer is downloading a file with a muted TV running in the background and listening to the sport results on the radio? Oh, yeah, that's called work, so doesn't count.
2014-03-05 11:47:20 AM
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