Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Study finds unhappy people watch TV, happy people read/socialize

This came out last month - Unhappy people watch TV, happy people read/socialize, says study:

A new study by sociologists at the University of Maryland concludes that unhappy people watch more TV, while people who describe themselves as very happy spend more time reading and socializing. The study appears in the December issue of the journal Social Indicators Research.
Analyzing 30-years worth of national data from time-use studies and a continuing series of social attitude surveys, the Maryland researchers report that spending time watching television may contribute to viewers' happiness in the moment, with less positive effects in the long run.

The last line makes television sounds like a drug. You get a short term high, but long term low.

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