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It wouldn’t seem like settling in for a night of a marathon session of your favourite TV show could be harmful but according to a new study it has found that binge watching TV could be linked to people being more depressed and alone.
Researchers conducted a survey on 316 18-29 year olds on how often they watched TV, how often they had feelings of being lonely, depressed and self-regulation deficiencies as well as how often they binge watched TV.
What they found was that the more lonely and depressed the participants were the more likely they were to binge watch TV. They did so in order to move away from negative feelings. It also showed those who lacked the ability to control themselves binge watched TV. They are not able to stop watching even though they knew they had other tasks to complete.
Psychological factors such as loneliness, depression and self-regulation deficiency have been already known to be indicators of binge behaviour in general and are very connected to addictive behaviours.
“Even though some people argue that binge-watching is a harmless addiction, findings from our study suggest that binge-watching should no longer be viewed this way,” says Yoon Hi Sung, study researcher. “Physical fatigue and problems such as obesity and other health problems are related to binge-watching and they are a cause for concern. When binge watching becomes rampant, viewers may start to neglect their work and their relationships with others. Even though people know they should not, they have difficulty resisting the desire to watch episodes continuously. Our research is a step toward exploring binge-watching as an important media and social phenomenon.”
Too much TV has also been linked to Lowering your Sperm Count, so take caution.