By Ryan Yousefi
A new survey of nearly 4,000 Americans shows Floridians watched a tremendous amount of TV during the Coronavirus lockdown. From ‘‘Tiger King’ to ‘Ozark’ to ‘Selling Sunset,’ Floridians apparently watched it all. Twice.
“I’ve watched seven seasons of ‘The Challenge’ on MTV,” Eric Bonde, a resident of Coral Springs who lives in Hidden Hammocks, said.
“Even still, I don’t recognize 75-percent of who the contestants are.”
Ezvid Wiki, a video wiki, software, and media company, polled nearly 4,000 Americans post-lockdown to find out how their habits had been altered due to these unprecedented times.
The results were, across the country, quite eye-opening. In Florida particular, those polled reported watched a boatload of television. An amount per week that equates to a full-time job.
Floridians, on average, consumed 450 hours of television during the lockdown — or roughly 41 hours a week. By comparison, Floridians were watching an average of 262 hours of TV before Coronavirus.
That means, on average, Floridians increased their television consumption by nearly 200 more hours over the same period before the shelter in place orders went into effect in March.
The survey also revealed half of the Floridians polled who work from home admit to watching television during work hours. That, of course, is to be expected. Between no boss looking over Floridians’ shoulders and the need to keep up to date with the news during a pandemic, multi-tasking with a television on in the background is to be expected.
In addition to the sheer number of hours of television Floridians consumed during the lockdown, one in three polled in the survey that had been left unemployed as a result of the Coronavirus answered that they had spent the extra time binge-watching television.
The data tells a pretty clear story; Everyone was watching television during the lockdown. As many learned, however, there is only so much television you can watch before you get to shows you’d normally have never spent time watching.
Taking matters a step further than just your usual Netflix and chill habit, the survey showed that almost 1 in 5 Floridians (17%) admit to having become addicted to the TV since lockdown.
In comparison to Florida, Nevada watched the most television during the lockdown, clocking in at an average of 519 hours a person. Arkansas watched the fewest, on average, 336 hours per person.
The Ezvid survey didn’t just cover what Netflix series Floridians were binge-watching, though; it dove deeper into the underbelly of our lockdown behavior.
Thirty-eight percent of Floridians say they exercised less during the lockdown, even with the added free time at their disposal. On a related note, fifty-seven percent of those polled say they enjoyed being lazy during the lockdown.
It seems of all the things that are uncontrollable and unpredictable these days, one thing you can surely always bet on; when presented the opportunity, Floridians will chill out with the best of them.
In this instance, it was patriotic.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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