How We Watch TV – The Atlantic


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In 2018, Daniel H. Pink wrote that he organizes his TV weight-reduction plan into “sofa reveals” and “telephone reveals.” Sofa reveals are streamed in a specified place, on a comparably massive display. “Cellphone reveals” are those he watches “in the course of the interstitial moments of my life—an extended wait at an airport gate, a late-night Uber experience, and so forth.” Pink argues that the shortening consideration span of immediately’s customers opens the door for a brand new type of leisure that creators may wish to capitalize on—in different phrases, why don’t extra streaming providers embrace the distinct class of the “telephone present”?

In case you’re somebody who saves tv for an evening at house with a bowl of popcorn, you may discover Pink’s argument blasphemous. Otherwise you could be a phone-only viewer lately. As our lives change, so do the methods we devour leisure. Wildly completely different viewing habits can exist even inside the identical family. Right this moment’s studying record explores what every of us may actually imply after we say, “I’m going to look at some TV.”

Our TV Habits

Why Is Everybody Watching TV With Subtitles On?

By Devin Gordon

It’s not simply you.

The World Wants Netflix Minis

By Daniel H. Pink

To grasp how viewing habits have modified, contemplate the distinction between the sofa present and the telephone present.

The Hidden Value of Low cost TVs

By Justin Pot

Screens have gotten cheap—and so they’re watching you again.

Nonetheless Curious?

  • That is what Netflix thinks your loved ones is: The streaming service’s restrictive new guidelines on password sharing amongst kin reveal the business’s pernicious bias, Cory Doctorow wrote in February.
  • When did TV watching peak? It’s in all probability later than you suppose, and lengthy after the web grew to become widespread, Alexis Madrigal wrote in 2018.

Different Diversions


In case you’d requested me what the perfect TV-watching expertise was 10 years in the past, I might’ve sung the praises of watching Gilmore Women or The O.C. on my tiny, moveable DVD participant. Wanting again, I’m wondering if that was my unique “telephone present” expertise.

— Isabel