Watching TV — Sometimes Even on a Fancy TV Set

Even in the Internet age, Americans spend about a dozen hours per week on average in front of a TV set. Little wonder, then, that (even in these days of austerity) they want a good one. The chart here, drawing on a Forrester Research report released last month, shows HDTV ownership already a mass-market phenomenon, even if less so among the old folks.

But there’s also plenty of television viewing via devices other than TV sets, cutting-edge or otherwise.

Polling for the report (conducted via mail during the first quarter of the year) found 8 percent of the respondents saying they watch video/TV at least once a month “on your primary cell phone or handheld wireless device.” Twelve percent “regularly” watch live TV on their home computers.