We know that these days a lot of people like to sit on the couch and binge their favorite Netflix series, but, if you believe a new report, it seems a lot of people are doing that instead of spending time with their family.
A report by the Streaming Observer set out to discover just how much time people are spending watching Netflix and the numbers are a bit startling. According to the site, the streaming service has 117.58 million subscribers who watch 140 million hours of content each day, which means the average Netflix watcher is spending one hour and 11 minutes, or 71 minutes, each day watching Netflix.
And while that doesn’t really sound all that bad, the site notes that two recent studies say families only spend about 34 to 37 minutes of undistracted quality time together each day, so if you take that as an average of 35.5 minutes a day, that means folks spend 35.5 more minutes watching Netflix than they spend with their families. The report also suggests we are spending more time on Netflix than we are socializing (39 minutes), exercising (17 minutes), or hanging with friends (16 minutes)
Of course, there are a few issues with these calculations. For example, Netflix’s subscriber number doesn’t account for multiple users on one account. Plus, there’s no way to really know how many people are actually watching those 140 million hours a day, since one person could be watching say 10 hours, and another watching none. And let's not forget, a lot of those people watching could actually be childless. And finally, just because people are watching Netflix, doesn’t mean they aren’t also spending time with their kids, as they could be watching it together.