yeah yeah correlation is not causation, but i have often wondered about this, it does seem to me the way most tv shows are designed they would have the side effect of creating depression, eg the sitcoms of beautiful rich young people in large mansions who never have to work and never get sick contrasted with the reality of most of our lives. granted, we would prefer to watch beautiful rich young people, but it wont leave us feeling any happier.
“We looked at 8 to 10 activities that happy people engage in, and for each one, the people who did the activities more — visiting others, going to church, all those things — were more happy,” Dr. Robinson said. “TV was the one activity that showed a negative relationship. Unhappy people did it more, and happy people did it less.”