Watching TV Could Make You Sad

| 11/25/2008 10:24:01 AM

Researchers have found that sad people watch significantly more television than happy people, Matt Palmquist reports on the Miller McCune blog, though it’s unclear whether sadness causes more TV watching, or more TV watching leads to sadness. The study, based on the General Society Survey conducted from 1975 to 2006, concluded that “People most vulnerable to addiction tend to be socially or personally disadvantaged, with TV becoming an opiate.” Happy people, according to Palmquist, “were more socially and religiously active, voted frequently, and read more newspapers.”

11/25/2008 11:36:50 PM

I feel that TV viewing really can lead to sadness. But I think it is due to so many commercials telling us we are too fat, we stink, we need a better car, we need to buy expensive jewelry or have expensive jewelry to be loved, we are not pretty enough, smart enough and on and on. But I see no harm in responsible viewing of television. Pre-selecting what you want to watch and then tuning out the commercials. Read an interesting novel at commercial time maybe? Also, not trying to live up to the standards on TV. We all can't have those glamourous bodies or looks unless we are willing to pay the price of all that time at the gym and all that dieting. I think exercising to be healthy and eating right are good things to keep one healthy, but not in the extreme. Moderation in all things seems to be they way, including moderation in our TV viewing. Sincerely, Muriel