After analyzing 30-years worth of national data from time-use studies and a continuing series of social attitude surveys, the Maryland researchers report:
- Spending time watching television may contribute to viewers’ happiness in the moment, with less positive effects in the long run.
- By contrast, unhappy people watched significantly more television in their spare time.
- The short, temporary pleasure of television is similar to addiction: “Addictive activities produce momentary pleasure but long-term misery and regret,”
So should you stop watching TV forever? How about movies?
Look. I don’t know dude. Go read up on the original article.
Personally, I don’t endorse watching TV. Or smoking. Or juggling hand grenades. They just don’t seem like useful habits. Unless useful = avoid tuning into your own ongoing drama a.k.a your life, your personal growth, and real issues.
How would their life change?
And our parents. We have to stop them! It’s scary how many hours our parents spend on the TV each day! Even more as they age. And they used to tell us to stay off the telly.
How times have changed.
I guess some people might actually learn stuff from TV. In the same way you might learn stuff from real life.
But what do I know. I haven’t watched TV intentionally since I was 16. And that doesn’t imply I did anything useful either ;P
In the end, the big issue isn’t just about TV. It’s up to how we choose to use/ waste our time.
Most people get ahead during the time that others waste. ~ Henry Ford
For example: We can find so many other things to use/ waste time. Who knows, maybe science will also show you that watching YouTube makes you unhappy! Or fat? Or cancerous? Or fat cancerous and unhappy?
I hope not. I spent 20 minutes watching this on replay:
And I spent an hour making this blog post. What a complete waste of time ;P
Thanks Ditesh for letting us know about the science article