Shocking amount of time British spend deciding which TV shows and movies to watch revealed

BRITISH people spend more than 100 days of their lives deciding what TV shows and movies to watch.

A study of 2,000 adults found that people typically go through eight television channels when choosing an episode and nine other movie titles before making a final decision.

Britons more than 100 days in their entire life choosing which television to watch

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Britons more than 100 days in their entire life choosing which television to watchCredit: Alamy
A new NOW poll made the shocking revelation, while also highlighting Only Fools and Horses as a television favorite.

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A new NOW poll made the shocking revelation, while also highlighting Only Fools and Horses as a television favorite.Credit: Alamy

TUNING IN

The average week sees 24 minutes and 24 seconds spent deciding television shows and 25 minutes selecting movies.

This results in 55 days throughout adult life choosing what to watch on television and 57 more days in agreeing to a blockbuster.

A third admitted that they often have a hard time deciding because there are too many options.

The study was commissioned by NOW and found that factors that influence what people watch include gender (41 percent), actors (37 percent), and length of a movie (28 percent) or series (23 percent).

And 49 percent have taken so long to decide that it has resulted in not seeing anything at all.

Jamie Schwartz, a spokesperson for NOW, said: “With the busy lives we lead, we want to make sure we are watching the best television has to offer, but we can often feel overwhelmed by the number of options.”

The study also found that women are more likely to make decisions when choosing what to watch on television, according to 67 percent of them.

The study also found that women are more likely to make decisions when choosing what to watch on television.

NOW TV Poll

And every month there are usually two family disagreements about which channel or movie to put on.

Four in 10 believe that having suggested titles for them based on previously viewed content would facilitate decision-making.

Another 31 percent said gender-selected lists would help.

When it comes to watching something they’ve seen before, 38 percent would go back to watch a show or movie if they wanted to feel nostalgic and 29 percent would do so as a refresher before the next season.

Similarly, 25 percent would re-watch the content to find out what to expect and 20 percent would look for clues now that they know the ending.

THE MOST SEEN

Among the most repeated television shows are Only Fools and Horses, Gavin & Stacey, and Game of Thrones.

While the most popular movies to repeat were Grease, Titanic, and The Shawshank Redemption.

But 36 percent admitted seeing something they didn’t really want to see for fear of missing out.

A quarter of those surveyed through OnePoll said that when they end a television series they miss their favorite characters.

And major television lovers were found to include Luther and Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.

Jamie said: “Our curated collections handpick the most talked about shows, including The White Lotus, blockbusters like Wonder Woman 1984, and sporting events like the Premier League, making it easy for members to discover their next watch.” .

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HBO’s Game Of Thrones series garnered a high vote on most-watched televisionCredit: Alamy
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Meanwhile, the iconic romantic comedy Titanic was voted highly for the most-watched movie.Credit: Alamy
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