Older adults watch the most TV, enjoy it least

Older adults watch significantly more television than younger people, but they derive much less pleasure and stress relief from it, according to a forthcoming study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Researchers from the University of California-San Diego were able to eliminate some spurious causes for this link, but they concluded that the relationship between age and amount of TV time could have a few different explanations.

The UCSD scientists surveyed nearly four thousand people between the ages of 15 and 98 on their TV watching habits, their moods, and other non-TV leisure activities. Broken down by age, the data showed that younger adults experience TV much differently from their older counterparts.

The study found that older people are generally happier, but they also watch more TV than younger people do. TV watching was negatively associated with happiness, but also negatively associated with stress—that is, people who watch TV seem to be less happy but also less frazzled.

However, the reduction in stress that comes with increases in TV watching appears to diminish with age. The authors speculate that this is because older adults have less initial stress; therefore, there's less for TV to relieve. So why do older people still watch more TV than anyone else?

The researchers suggest it may be that older people have more free time due to retirement, and TV is an easy way to fill the hours. By this time, they have likely developed TV watching into an addiction of sorts. But the programming during their TV watching hours may be mostly geared towards younger viewers, so older adults may spend much of their TV watching time struggling to find programs that they can enjoy.

The study didn't cover other easy-access leisure activities, so the problem may not be limited to television. Still, if your parents and grandparents are sitting sour-faced in front of MSNBC or FOX News all day, maybe you should do them a favor and introduce them to online bridge. Or a DVR.

Source: ars technica

Tags: TVs

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Google’s voice assistant platform has been known as Google Now
The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content
Microsoft is developing a new “Skype for Life” client
Siri on the Mac is new, and is similar to that on the iOS
The latency in this test was supposedly no more than 2 milliseconds
Apple has made to the iPhone 7/7 Plus is by making the home button a solid state button
Android Nougat should eventually extend back to the Galaxy S6 generation
You’re not supposed to expose the iPhone to water anyway
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
HP Slate 7 is a 7-inch Android 4 Tablet PC with good sound
A cost-effective, 7-inch tablet PC from a renowned manufacturer
October 25, 2013 / 4

News Archive



Do you like Windows 10?
or leave your own version in comments (32)