People of different generations obviously do a lot of things differently, and it’s no exception when it comes to the way they view their favorite TV shows. A New York Times video study showed that the form in which young people watch video is pretty distinguishable between generations.
The study revealed that 34 percent of millennials watch mostly online videos, whereas only 10 percent of baby boomers do the same, Wired reports. It also revealed that 76 percent of baby boomers watch mostly broadcast television, but its viewership among all age groups is declining.
The millennials, who are often called the most tech savvy generation, definitely live up to that title when it comes to video viewership. In the study, millennials explained that their preference for watching online video over broadcast television comes down to easy accessibility. Being able to watch videos anywhere, anytime on their smartphones and the ability to watch multiple episodes were key reasons they cited.
So why exactly do people choose to watch traditional television? The most common responses included a larger screen size and the ability to watch with family and friends in a more comfortable setting. This explanation pretty much aligns identically with my own mother Darlene’s explanation for why she prefers watching traditional television.
“I can see and hear it better,” the 54-year-old explains. “I like that I can sit down and relax too.”
But the real reason why she prefers traditional television?
“I can’t ever get the dang computer to work,” she says.
In the grand scope of things, the way we view television is just another distinguishable characteristic between different generations, but potentially a glimpse into what our future may look like.