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Depressed People Watch More TV

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Unhappy people watch 30% more TV than happy people. Specifically, people who are happy watch roughly nineteen hours of TV per week, while unhappy people watch twenty five hours per week. The conclusion crosses all demographic borders, including age, education, income, and marital status.

Past research has shown that people rank TV watching as very enjoyable, with the activity scoring just below eight on a scale of one (dislike) to ten (greatly enjoy). Yet TV can also bring about antisocial behavior. Some people push aside more positive activities that have lasting benefits, such as watching programs and movies instead of pursuing social activities with friends and family. Some people even push aside meaningful moments in relationships. Because humans are social creatures, the solitary activity may harm the long term mental health of people.


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Warm Up: Do you agree or disagree? Discuss the statements for two or three minutes.

  1. TV has a bad effect on people.
  2. Twenty five hours of TV per week is too much.

Vocabulary: Check the new vocabulary in a dictionary. Then match the words.

  1. rank
  2. behavior
  3. lasting
  4. solitary
  • grade
  • action
  • long term
  • lonely

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. How much TV do you watch each week? Is this too much or too little?
  2. Would you be worried if a family member or friend watched too much TV?
  3. What benefits are there (if any) to watching TV? Please explain.

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