TV Guide: They Outnumber Us

According to Neilsen Media Research (you know, the professional peeping Toms who monitor our TV watching habits), the average Amerian household now has more TV sets than people: 2.73 sets vs. 2.55 people.

Hardly a surprise to me…we practice sex-segregated TV viewing in our household (sort of like at the movies). In fact, I am guessing mine is a lot like yours. The guys like "24," "The Sopranos," sports, and anything gory or supernatural. The girls (okay, me) tend to "Idol," "The Office," "Will & Grace" reruns, and really bad "Lifetime" movies when stuck on the treadmill (Can’t you see he’s actually a psychopath? When is the pretty, sweet doctor/journalist/single mom ever gonna learn?). And of course we have one TV dedicated to all "Law & Order," all the time, for our to-remain-nameless L&O junkie.

Ignoring the obvious about the .55 people, count us in on this statistic. Our family of four has five sets. (And 11 mysterious-looking remote controls.) The number I can turn on successfully without asking my teenaged son for a little IT support? That would be 1.55.

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