Feds find Americans watched 2.8 hours of TV daily in 2012

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the average American watched two hours and 50 minutes of TV daily last year, an increase from two hours and 44 minutes in 2010.

Watching TV was the most popular leisure activity for Americans last year, accounting for about half of leisure time, according to the results of the American Time Use Survey. "Socializing, such as visiting with friends or attending or hosting social events, was the next most common leisure activity, accounting for nearly three-quarters of an hour per day," the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in the report.

The report also found that men spent an average of 6 hours each day on leisure activities, while women spent 5.2 hours daily on leisure activities.

The report didn't detail how much time Americans spent watching video on tablet computers, smartphones and other IP-connected devices. But according to the Cross-Platform Report released by Nielsen in May 2012, the average American watches nearly 5 hours of video daily on multiple screens.

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