LiveScience.com – Sat Nov 15, 1:34 pm ET
Unhappy people glue themselves to the television 30 percent more than happy people.
The finding, announced on Thursday, comes from a survey of nearly 30,000 American adults conducted between 1975 and 2006 [Wow, I'm trying to imagine the scientists who finally got the results from this very important test after thirty years. Hopefully they lived to see this blessed day.] as part of the General Social Survey.
While happy people reported watching an average of 19 hours of television per week, unhappy people reported 25 hours a week. The results held even after taking into account education, income, age and marital status.
In addition, happy individuals were more socially active, attended more religious services, voted more and read a newspaper more often than their less-chipper counterparts.
The researchers are not sure, though, whether unhappiness leads to more television-watching or more viewing leads to unhappiness.
I'm wonder though... could it be that these so called, "happy people" are happy not because they watch less television, but because they read, go to church, and ... um, vote. (vote??? Okay, I'll go with it. Although I don't tend to vote on a daily basis. I do however eat well and take a daily walk.) I think the egg comes first in this scenario.