Chart of the Day: TV vs. tacos

Via New York Times:

Americans ages 12 to 34 are spending less time in front of TV sets, even as those 35 and older are spending more, according to research that will be released on Thursday by Nielsen, a company that tracks media use.

Talking with the other day with a neighbor who works in network TV. He recently picked up a tiny gig with youtube, which, he says, “wants to take the place of the networks.”

We compared notes. He’s watched a few shows on the net. I’ve watched a couple of TV shows online and watched a few events on ESPN3. My wife got hooked on Downton Abbey via her Kindle Fire. One set of in-laws has gone completely rogue, only watching oldies (think Beverley Hillbillies and Jonny Quest) on Hulu.

Which brings us full circle to the graphic. Nathan Yau at FlowingData will be cutting the cable TV cord, noting how much he can save dropping Comcast and picking up Hulu and Netflix. More than $800 a year.

The whole post is a hoot, since he goes through various options for spending the money he saves by cutting the cable. At each point he puts the savings into perspective by noting how many tacos he can buy with his savings.

In the end, he saves 1,000 tacos a year.




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