… according to researchers at the University of Zurich: “IF YOU really want to be happy, throw away your television set. That’s the bizarre finding of new economic research completely at odds with traditional assumptions.”
"The team was left with a paradox. Watching TV made people feel good while they were doing it, but seemed to make them less satisfied overall.
Other activities affect us in the same sort of way. One is smoking. Cigarettes hurt smokers, but they do so slowly. Immediately, they offer relaxation - which becomes addictive.
Bruno Frey could see how television might act like that. It offers an immediate benefit - relaxation, with the costs not apparent until later. Those costs include tiredness, weak social relationships and insufficient attention to study and careers.
Opinion polls suggest that this is the case for many Americans. Forty per cent of US adults and 70 per cent of teenagers say they spend too much time watching TV."
I watch about an hour a day on average, more than I would have thought before I added it up. But I wonder if time spent on similar pursuits, such as video gaming and surfing the net, has similar effects?