Happy people spend a lot of time socializing, going to church and reading newspapers — but they don’t spend a lot of time watching television, a new study finds.
That’s what unhappy people do.-----
I can't dispute this one, in terms of personal and observed experience.
Though, it's hard to say if "gluing oneself to a computer and reading online versions of the news" really qualifies as "reading the newspaper."
But assuming it does ... my household aligns with this. Carl will sit in front of the TV all day whenever he can. I drop in to watch "Two and a Half Men" and then it's back to my preferred set of activities. I can only take the tube for a couple of hours tops, even without the usual distractions. Does blogging count as "socializing?" I think most people would say it does. Maybe not the same as attending a party or playing bridge, but there is give and take, varying according to the blogger's preferences and topics.
Too much time on the living room sofa is like being stuck in a high school locker room where there are lots of smelly socks.
Carl gets ALL his news from TV. He's not miserable, but he's certainly depressed and disinclined toward socializing.
Now, what would we have said in the pre-TV days? What did the unhappy people do back then?
Is there a correlation between TV-induced idleness and depression? How about the similar timelines between TV and other conveniences such as automatic washers and interstate highways that led to the development of supermarkets?
It's all connected, folks.