We’re Number 51!
I think I'm a little more proud to be a Utahn after doing some research. We're last, in fact dead last, among all the 50 states and the District of Columbia in one category. Some of you may be thinking about the most often quoted statistic about Utah being at the bottom of spending per pupil in education. While that may be true, it's not the category that gives me a reason to smile. Nope, here in Utah we are pretty great at....not watching television.
According to a press release from Prince George County, Virginia, Utah spends the least amount of time in front of the TV screen. Does anyone else find it ironic that Utah, the birthplace of Philo T. Farnsworth (thank you, Beaver!), would be the state that watches the least amount of TV per day.
Still, it shouldn't be that surprising. One thing pointed out in the study was that states with the most national parks, we have the Mighty 5 here in Utah, watch significantly less television than other states. I mean even with high definition, you can't beat the views of nature at places like Zion, Bryce and all the rest. And, of course, that doesn't even consider the state and regional parks available to us.
Plus, another thing to consider is the way we are watching is changing. Technological advances have led to changes in how people consume media, with many individuals now choosing to stream TV shows and movies on their computers, phones, and other devices rather than watching traditional TV broadcasts. This trend towards streaming services has been accelerating over the last several years, and it's likely that this will continue to shape the way people consume media in the future. I don't know if streaming statistics were included in this report.
And for the dinosaurs among us, myself being one, we don't know how much time is being spent in front of a screen watching DVD's or Blu Ray's (or even VHS tapes!).
But, it seems on the surface that we have better things to do in Utah than sit in front of the screen all day and night, and I'm OK being last in that category.
Accoding to Zippia.com, the most popular TV show in Utah is The Office. And while “sitcom” was the most popular genre in the most number of sates, in Utah our favorite genre was “animated cartoon.” I didn't know that the legislative session was broadcast.