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A new study has found that Australians spend more than a year and a half on the cinema, but that is only a fraction of the time they spend on TV, movies and books.
The study from the University of NSW found Australians spend an average of five hours on TV each week, while the figure for Australians watching movies was 10 hours a week.
“If you can get a film to be on TV or film to appear in a movie, then you’re really just giving yourself a few hours of entertainment,” Dr Andrew Williams, from the department of psychology, said.
“You’re actually wasting your time.”
Dr Williams said the study showed Australians were also more likely to watch TV shows, movies, music, and other entertainment, than books and newspapers.
“It’s a pretty remarkable finding,” he said.
Dr Williams’ study looked at the TV and film audiences in each state and territory.
“We were interested to see if there was a difference between the state or territory where people spent the most time watching TV, and the state where they spent the least time watching films,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“And that’s what we found.”‘
Favourable’ for childrenBut Dr Williams said while there was no conclusive evidence, the findings suggested that the “favourable” states tended to have more people watching television and movies.
“They tend to be in the western regions of the country,” he explained.
“So, that’s a fairly consistent finding.”
He said the findings did not suggest that people were choosing to watch movies or TV shows because they were less expensive, but rather because they preferred to watch television and films.
“What we see here is that there is a difference in the preference for watching a television show and watching a film or a movie,” he added.
“The preference for the two is quite different.”
Dr Peter Gollow from the university’s School of Social Psychology, said the results were not surprising.
“There’s no reason why Australians should choose to spend more time watching television than movies,” he stated.
“When you have a high cost of living, you don’t want to spend a lot of time watching a lot more television and watching fewer movies.”
Dr Gollower said the more hours spent watching TV and films, the more likely people were to do so on a week-to-week basis.
“That is true even when you compare those who spend less time watching movies and TV shows with those who don’t,” he argued.
“This finding is very, very important.”
Topics:culture,society,people,community-and-society-and.communities,health,media,education,drama,australiaFirst posted September 29, 2019 11:59:24Contact Emily TaylorMore stories from South Australia