Data from the Energy Information Administration confirms that the television set is beginning to disappear from American households.
“After years of insisting it wasn’t so, the TV Industrial Complex now admits that it’s contracting: The number of people paying for TV has been declining for several years,” Recode reports. “But that’s not the only part of the TV world that’s shrinking: Actual TV sets are disappearing from homes, too.”
The latest numbers available from the EIA show that after years of steady increases, the average number of television sets in U.S. homes shrank from 2.6 per household in 2009 to 2.3 in 2015, the story reports.
“The best-case scenario for that, put forward by the people who sell TV programming for a living, is that Americans are watching TV on devices that aren’t TVs, like laptops, tablets and phones,” Recode notes. “The flip side of that argument: You can do lots of other things on those devices, which creates even more competition for TV viewing time.”