One eye on the PC, the other on the TV

It’s not just me, apparently:

Over 66 million consumers across demographic categories are using the Internet while camped out on their sofas watching TV, according to market research firm In-Stat. Based on In-Stat’s recent survey, 33% of all male respondents, across age groups, reported that they are sometimes using a personal computer simultaneously while watching TV. Among some male age groups the behavior was as high as 50%. In contrast, about 25% of female respondents reported using a PC while watching TV.

There are only a handful of programs that demand and get my undivided attention. How about you?

12 thoughts on “One eye on the PC, the other on the TV

  1. I have the laptop running while watching TV when the wife isn’t in the room. 🙂

  2. That’s about right. My wife is on the laptop when I’m watching something that interests me. Vice-versa when she is watching something.

    And since I figured out that she can watch Media Centre recordings via Windows Media Player on her laptop, the kitchen has never been cleaner 😉

  3. I used to watch at the same time, but then I moved my computer to the bedroom where there is no TV. I get a lot more done now.

    Related: I used to—and now rarely—fix my friend’s computers for no charge.

    I got tired of doing it (and wouldn’t do it even if they paid me) for several reasons, one of which is having to work in their room with a blaring TV. I’m not one to leave the set on unless I’m actively watching it.

  4. 75% of the time I’m watching tv it is on my computer as a small window in the corner of the screen. Movies and favorite shows and video podcasts on the projector in the living room.

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    Some say they have facts on UFOs which is a retarded thing ever to say by these so called researchers. Im very careful on which research to trust but this one is clearly picked from somewhere.

  6. Our main tv runs virtually all day. However, my guess is 75% of the time it is playing music through the media center and running family pictures as the screen saver.

    I have all the windows on my main work computer sized to allow a small window in the corner that runs CNBC or ESPN with the sound off.

    When we actually watch television I never use the computer at the same time. And, when we are watching television, it is almost all prerecorded with the commercials stripped out via Lifeextender.

  7. Nope. If there’s something I want to watch it has my undivided attention. Otherwise the TV goes off. I know people who have the TV on as a sort of background to everything they do, but I can’t cope with that – it always draws my attention, even when it’s on in a bar or pub.

  8. We watch very little TV except for our favorite shows (24, Life, Numb3rs). We enjoy them too much to be on our laptops at the same time. We try to watch them at the time they’re broadcast but have to watch them online later fairly frequently.
    Once football season starts, I’ll do household chores or computer stuff while the Titans are on.

  9. I run my computers most of the day, weekly. TV is in another room which my wife likes to watch every evening. I am not much of a TV watcher except on Sunday nights. Too much junk!
    I enjoy Antique Road Show and the the British version on Public Broadcasting.

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