Here’s a simple question that everyone has asked themselves at some point in their life.
Are you better off watching a show at home than you would at a party?
Do you prefer to watch the TV in your living room or in a separate room?
In a new study, researchers found that some people prefer the TV as a way to get around, but that it’s not the only reason.
They also found that, contrary to popular belief, TV is not just a form of entertainment.
The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, also found a link between the frequency of watching TV and social isolation.
For those who do not have friends, watching TV can be a source of social support, as it provides people with a distraction that can be soothing and relaxing, according to lead researcher Dr Helen Smith.
“People feel that it provides them with some sort of social contact, so it can be that the TV is just a way of getting through the day,” she said.
“But the research also shows that it does have some detrimental effects.”
TV viewers were also found to have lower levels of wellbeing than those who did not watch TV.
“The fact that TV was seen by some people as an alternative to social interaction makes it hard for people to understand how people can enjoy their time with friends and family without being social,” Dr Smith said.
She said the research found that people who had more friends, and who had spent time with more people, were more likely to enjoy TV.
They reported watching fewer TV shows than those without friends.
“That’s because the amount of people you have around with you is so small that the time you have with your friends is very limited,” Dr Singh said.
‘Social isolation’ was associated with feeling disconnected from family and friends, the researchers found.
This was also true for people who were less likely to be social.
In addition, they found that TV users also tended to have less emotional wellbeing than their non-TV-using counterparts.
“It’s important to recognise that not all TV is bad,” Dr Sainsbury said.
“[But] the fact that people watch TV, they’re more likely than not to be less happy, to be more anxious and to experience social isolation.”
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