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Australians love their Screens

May 28, 2008
Australians spend more of their indoor leisure time watching television than any other activity, with an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey finding that on average we spend three hours a day staring at a television screen.
According to Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (First Edition), in 2006, 87% of Australians aged 15 and over watched television for an average of just under three hours (179 minutes) a day, down slightly from the 1997 figure of 182 minutes.
The ABS also reported that Australians also spent more time surfing the internet - the data showing 22.7% of Australians spent more than an hour a day (83 minutes) behind the computer. In 2006 we spent a total of 5.8 million hours a day on the computer other than to play games.
This overtook the amount of time Australians spent listening to recorded music, with just 5.6% spending more than an hour a day doing this.
However, radio was in a different category. The survey found 47.9% of Australians listened to the radio for just over two hours a day and 8.3% spent more than two hours watching DVDs and videos.
Arts and Culture in Australia also showed that Australiansâ favourite out of home leisure activity (in terms of the average time devoted to it ) was attending sports events. Australians spent an average of two hours a day at the footy, cricket, rugby, tennis or other sporting events.
We also enjoy playing sport, with more than 25% spending more than a hour a day in sporting or outdoor activity.
Australians spent a total of 1.3 million hours a day on religious activities and ritual ceremonies, the same amount spent visiting entertainment and cultural venues.
The data also breaks down attendance at cultural events such as going to the cinemas, art galleries, museums, zoos, botanic gardens, musicals, concerts and the theatre.
In 2005-06, 65% of adult Australians attended the cinema at least once in the 12 months before their survey interview, making the cinema the most popular âcultural venueâ. This compares with 62% in 1995.
Other popular venues included zoos and aquariums (an attendance rate of 36%), libraries (34%) and botanic gardens (34%).

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