We spend eight years and 10 months of our life watching television – and around eight months talking about it, a survey has found.
The average Briton now regularly watches at least five different series.
To be able to keep up with so many shows, 86 per cent make the most of digital catch-up services to stay on top of their viewing habits.
A new poll found that if we’re not watching television, we’re talking about it.
Two-thirds of us say TV is our favourite topic of conversation with friends and work colleagues, according to the survey for Freeview.
The average adult spends at least 15 minutes a day chatting with colleagues, friends and family about plot lines, their favourite characters and other ‘watercooler’ moments.
And 36 per cent admit TV is the most talked about topic in the office.
Despite our obsession with television, many are forced to miss their favourite shows.
The research found if we are relying on catch-up, 51 per cent of us choose not to use social media to avoid any risk of accidentally finding out what happened.
Of those asked, 58 per cent said a lack of time and too much work are the main reasons to miss much-loved programmes.
Perhaps surprisingly, watching television is now viewed as a social activity.
Three quarters prefer to watch shows with friends and family rather than alone.
Those aged between 45 and 50 watch 32 per cent more TV than the younger generations aged 25 to 34.
The survey also revealed the most anticipated shows of 2016 include the X Factor, Great British Bake Off and Peaky Blinders.
Honey Langcaster-James, a media psychologist, added: ‘Watching TV had traditionally been considered an unsociable activity.
‘But this survey shows TV is an important part of our lives partly because it helps bond us with friends and family.
‘The research shows a large part of our enjoyment in watching TV is talking about it with others, but our busy lifestyles and the growing number of people living alone or working odd schedules means it isn’t always possible.