Home Search Find Data Browse Content About Us Contact
18 dec 2015
A 19-inch television cost the average American 70 hours of labor in 1979. In 2015? Only 3.4 hours.
Exclusive
0
image
watching-television-at-a-discount
60
Watching Television at a Discount Compared to the Past
By Chelsea Follett
|


What's your favorite TV show? The average U.S. worker has more free time for entertainment and enjoys a far greater variety of available entertainment choices than did previous generations—and all at a discount. Televisions, like so many material goods, have come down in price considerably since 1979, especially when cost is measured in hours of labor. A 19-inch television cost the average American 70 hours of labor in 1979. In 2015? Only 3.4 hours.
 


So whether you enjoy documentaries, sitcoms, crime dramas, science fiction, or something else entirely, the next time you sit down in front of your television, remember: you're watching TV at a discount!

Chelsea Follett is the managing editor of HumanProgress.org.

Topics Cost of Living/Cost of Material Goods/Cost of Technology/Labor Productivity/Workforce Hours/Economic Growth
248|249|251|170|174|204
Get optimistic news delivered directly to your inbox.