What your living room TV size says about you

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So you’re wondering what your choice of home entertainment setups might say about you as a person and your lifestyle? Well, let’s have a little fun and test how much might be true about you just based on the size of your living room TV.

Zero: You don’t have a regular TV at all

Not everyone does in this age of cord-cutting. Those who have opted to give up the traditional living room TV entirely are probably more internet focused. You prefer to get your news from apps, and entertainment is likely done on the go. You’re probably young, work a lot, and having a TV sitting there unused feels like a waste.

Maybe you’ve thought about getting a TV, but there are higher priorities, and being then tethered to extra monthly fees for programming doesn’t appeal to you when you have the whole internet to surf. You can get the news online, the highlights of a sporting event or an awards show on YouTube, and the thought of seeing the whole thing doesn’t change your attitude.

32 inches and under

You probably value the content of what you watch more than you do the “experience.” You’re not an obsessive fan of sports, and most of your group entertainment experiences are probably hanging out with friends or going to the movies. You may watch TV as much to have something going on in the background as for the actual TV shows.

You likely spend more time tuned into news and weather than House of the Dragon, and any streaming services you have are probably more oriented toward information and/or children than they are mature entertainment.

32-50 inches

You’re not quite a big-screen person, but you enjoy a modest amount of TV, probably easy-to-watch stuff that rarely, if ever, makes you think, “Damn, I really wish I’d seen that on a bigger screen.”

You probably are perfectly comfortable with sitcoms, procedurals, and documentaries over “prestige television,” premium movies, and CGI. Spectacular visuals don’t motivate you. You’d rather have something comforting.

50 to 60 inches

You probably bought your TV several years ago when this size was the best balance of price and performance. So you’re most likely thrifty, but willing to pay for a good deal, and highly conscious of the tension between those points.

You’re also reluctant to upgrade something that’s still working. You may eyeball those ads for big 65 and 70 inch TVs, but aren’t yet willing to pull the trigger. You’re inherently cautious and prefer to get additional use out of what you’ve got. You probably have a previous, smaller TV that you replaced still doing duty somewhere else in your home, like a bedroom.

65 to 80 inches

You enjoy getting the “whole package” out of your home entertainment: the TV is probably wall mounted, 4K, and you’re likely not shy either about making sure you have a quality soundsystem to go with it. It’s doubtful you bother much with the theater, since you have the next best thing in your home.

You’re comfortable enough to have recreation time deserving of a big TV, but you also work hard enough that you want to spend your off time relaxing rather than running around the world. With your home theater you can bring the world to you, and share it with your friends if you want.


In the end, the only thing that your TV size preference says for sure about you is what size of TV you bought. With as many different usage scenarios as there are people out there, it’s hard to read tea leaves in the selection of a TV. (Any attempt to make a pun about “TV leaves” is actively dismissed by the author.)

Maybe though you’ve seen something here that rings a bell, and makes you think about the role that TVs have in our daily lives.

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