BBC's Telehappiness Propaganda Campaign Convinces You EastEnders is a Good Thing

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC would like you to think that watching TV makes you happy. It's launched a Telehappiness campaign to chart the nation's viewing habits, which, if nothing else, should let us see how many trillions of hours a year are wasted staring at sad East Londoners in a pub.

As well as launching its interactive Telehappiness tool, the TV Licensing people have also revealed some stats about what it's found out so far. In a rather timely discovery, it says that "The Welsh derive more happiness from watching sport," while those living in the east of England are apparently happier watching drams and soap operas.

The BBC's money-takers also published plenty of stats taken from the deeper TeleScope 2013 survey into our viewing habits. This estimates that some 455 million hours of TV -- nearly 52,000 years of programming -- are stored on the PVRs of the nation at any one time for later watching.

Despite this, we own fewer TVs than we used to. The average house now contains 1.83 TV sets, down from 2.3 in 2003, thanks to PC screens, tablets and phones taking over as our preferred bedroom/bathroom/shed viewing devices. But we're managing to watch more TV. Alone. On a small screen. [TV Licensing via The Register]