Nov 20, 2008

Unhappy People Watch TV More--Study

watch televisionIn a new study conducted by sociologists at the University of Maryland, they found out that sad people watch TV more, compared to the "very happy" people who spend more time reading and socializing. So, are you a happy person?

The controversial study below.

Sociologist John P. Robinson of University of Maryland said, "TV doesn't really seem to satisfy people over the long haul the way that social involvement or reading a newspaper does."

"It's more passive and may provide escape - especially when the news is as depressing as the economy itself. The data suggest to us that the TV habit may offer short-run pleasure at the expense of long-term malaise."

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Based on the data collected, John P. Robinson added that TV viewing may increase as the economy continues to slow down in the coming months.

"Through good and bad economic times, our diary studies, have consistently found that work is the major activity correlate of higher TV viewing hours."

"As people have progressively more time on their hands, viewing hours increase."

"As working and viewing hours increase, so do sleep hours."

"Sleep could be the second major beneficiary of job loss or reduced working hours."


Unhappy People Watch TV More--Study