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Ten years of life is spent in front of TV, says study

By Robert Dex

The average person spends almost a decade of their lives watching the television, according to new research.

The study also identified an increase in people watching TV on their own, with UK homes having an average of four different devices to view shows on.

Researchers questioned 2,000 people and found the average person clocks up nine-and-a-half- years of TV watching in a lifetime.

Almost a fifth (19%) said they watched at work, while more than a third (37%) admitted to eating at least one meal in front of the box every day.

The survey, commissioned by the on-demand service uktvplay.co.uk, found an emerging generation gap in viewing habits as well, with more than a third (37%) of 18 to 24-year-olds preferring to watch TV on tablets, mobiles or laptops, as opposed to the national average of 15%.

It also found viewers in that age group watch a third (33%) of their TV on demand.

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