[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 14:10:19 EDT 2007


Ah, I think I can guess where "3700 hours per year consuming entertainment"
comes from.
At the nominal 8 hours per day of sleep, there are 5,840 waking hours in a
year. At the nominal 40 hour week for 50 weeks (2 weeks vacation, or one
week and 5 holidays; just a thumbnail estimate) you get 2000 working hours.
That leaves 3,840 hours that are neither asleep nor working, and can be
categorized as "entertainment".
Sounds like arithmetic from a marketing person, saying that so many hours
can be presumed available for entertainment.
Peter


On 7/18/07, Joe Landman <landman at scalableinformatics.com> wrote:
>
> Jim Lux wrote:
>
> > The average person spends roughly 3700 hours per year consuming
> > enetertainment, of which more than 3500 are some form of audio or video
> > (i.e. not reading)
>
> I would love to hear where that data came from.  Considering a work year
> is about 2080 hours, this means we spend more time  per week being
> entertained, than working.
>
> Moreover, there are 8760 hours (give or take) in a year.  3700 hours
> represents 42% of that.
>
> Needless to say, I am ... ah ... skeptical ... about those numbers (the
> 3700).
>
> >
> > Going to the theater and seeing a movie is a very tiny fraction of this
> > (on average), but still accounts for about $10B per year in the US, and
> > perhaps $25B world wide (2004 numbers) and this does not include "adult"
> > entertainment.
>
> Maybe listening to the radio while driving your car counts.  Maybe all
> the annoying little ad-blurbs on pages count.  I dunno.
>
> 3700 hours?  Unlikely at best.
>
>
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