Over the decades as screens have increased in size, attention span has diminished. Once people are hypnotized by the sensation of watching moving pictures, they prefer the comfort zone that the medium creates. The bigger the screen, the less effort it takes to absorb the programming. Most consumers who invest in big screens will justify the experience as a wonder of modern technology.
Big screens have been the main focal point of living rooms since the 1980s, as the screens have gotten bigger all along. Prior to the 1980s, the average TV screen was about the size of a desktop computer screen or 19 inches. TV screens have jumped to 47 inches on average, with the biggest screens over 50 inches. In 2015 the NPD Group reported a ten percent increase in the year-over-year sales of 50 inch screens. In the last decade screens averaged around 28 inches. The rise of 4K technology, which comprises more pixels than HD TV, has allowed for higher resolution big screens to remain under $1000 in 2017.
Ironically, as screens get bigger, less screens are being used per household. A government study by the Energy Information Agency (EIA), found that Americans own fewer TVs in 2017 than in 2009. During that time frame the number of people who had no TVS in their homes doubled to 2.6%. Apparently, the smartphone revolution has become more important than TV to younger people. So that means, at least, that the brain pool of minds absorbing Big Biz TV programming is smaller than it could have been, if smartphones had not taken over consciousness on a mass scale.
It's funny that the more popular smartphones have gotten, the more its screens have grown. The concept of a pocket phone is shifting toward the most data you can store in a compact portable space. Meanwhile, big screen TV has become the pop culture of older demographics. The age of the drive-in theater is long gone, as it started to fade in the 80s with the rise of home video games. Since then, most people have built escape centers in their homes, instead of going out on the town and mixing with society.
Another funny thing about the era of growing screens is that it makes news stories and national celebrities seem bigger than life. It could be responsible for people turning to bigger solutions for treating what are perceived to be bigger problems. Big pharma is a big sponsor of TV programming and has made big profits off addiction epidemics. One thing people need to realize about big screens is that they have the power to distort thinking.