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How Video-on-Demand Changed the Family Living Room and What we Need to Do to Unite the Family Again

In the olden days, families would gather around one television, all watching one show. Shows were catered to a general audience, and whoever had control of the remote managed to control what the whole family was watching. The shows featured characters that each person in the room could relate to, and discussion about the plot soon followed a dramatic moment or a commercial break. In this way, the family unit was together.
Today, with the rise of the internet, on-demand-content, and the proliferation of the smartphone, the family living room has changed. In most middle class homes each family member has his or her own device (i.e. tablet, smartphone, smart-TV), making entertainment far more individualized.

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