Sunday, November 16, 2008

Increased TV Linked to Unhappiness

Jeanna Bryner
Senior Writer

Unhappy people glue themselves to the television 30 percent more than happy people.

The finding, announced on Thursday, comes from a survey of nearly 30,000 American adults conducted between 1975 and 2006 as part of the General Social Survey.

While happy people reported watching an average of 19 hours of television per week, unhappy people reported 25 hours a week. The results held even after taking into account education, income, age and marital status.

In addition, happy individuals were more socially active, attended more religious services, voted more and read a newspaper more often than their less-chipper counterparts.

Researchers suggest that over time, television-viewing could push out other activities that do have more lasting benefits. Exercise and sex come to mind, as do parties and other forms of socialization known to have psychological benefits.

Or, maybe television is simply a refuge for people who are already unhappy.

"TV is neither judgmental nor difficult, so people with few social skills or resources for other activities can engage in it," Robinson and UM colleague Steven Martin write in the December issue of the journal Social Indicators Research.

They add, "Furthermore, chronic unhappiness can be socially and personally debilitating and can interfere with work and most social and personal activities, but even the unhappiest people can click a remote and be passively entertained by a TV."

1 comment:

tifaeny said...

Hi brotha's and sista's

This is definitely true especially living in Babylon.
I am a mother of 2 teenagers, and my daughter whose over weight, likes to eat while laying down who thinks her weight is from a fairy who just decided to put wt on her.
Imagine that?
She's a very unhappy 16 year old living in Babylon and her cause is TV. She was advised that she has to help herself to find inner happiness but what do mom's know?
Of course I had to cut the cord to her TV and make her write down the cause of her grandmother's death, sorry but in Babylon U just got to keep it A 1 real with your kids if you want to save them.
My daughter like many others need TV to entertain their souls.
It's like crack to them, but the saddess thing is children can't determine what's real on the
Illusional Machine programming their minds.
Well my daughter currently still is addicted to TV and video's, which I'm to blame because EYE introduced her to the Illusion Recruiter and I'm not going to give up on her but as a mother I 2 have learned that Babylon can keep hold of your children until their tired of being controlled.
Please Pray for my daughter
Luv a mother who knows about Illusions and brain washing
Cuz I was ounce loss myself until Eye reversed my unhappiness.