Ok, lets try to keep this out of Great Debates. I almost thought about this in General Questions, but I figured answers would be more opinion than fact.
I was reading an article from The Atlantic today and came across this sentence:
“Katsingris told me that individually, Americans 18 and up are averaging four hours and 20 minutes of TV watching a day, with younger people watching less and older people watching more. There is also significant variance by race: Black adults average six and a half hours of traditional TV a day, while Asian American adults clock in at about two and a half hours.”
That is an incredible statistic. When you consider averages drawn from large populations, even a 20% difference is huge. This is saying one group is watching more than 2.5 times as much television as the other.
I couldn’t find the actual report for 2018, but here is there 2011 report (PDF). Predictably, whites were pretty much right in the middle.
So, what are some of the reasons for this difference? I am curious about this because it seems at first glance to reinforce racist stereotypes.
- African Americans more likely to have lower employment, so will watch more television.
- Since African Americans earn less money, they would be less likely to spend time on internet.
- Since African Americans earn less money, they would be less likely to have fast internet which facilitates streaming instead of TV watching (However, I noticed in the 2011 report, the income distribution of Hispanics and African Americans was almost identical, but the Hispanic group watched less than the whites.)
How can cultural elements play a part without it becoming racist? I imagine a stereotypical Asian “Tiger Mom” not letting the family watch much television because it is considered counterproductive to the enhancement of the children? Maybe more recent immigrants watch less television because of the language barrier or maybe American TV doesn’t reflect their values?
What are your thoughts?