Do You Believe TV Can Make You Less Lonely?


Can TV make us feel like we have friends? That's the gist of a new article from a psychology journal, which suggests that watching and talking about favorite TV shows can make people feel less lonely. Apparently, according to the study, we turn to TV to help us when we're feeling isolated, and the "relationships" we have with fictional characters can help us feel more like we belong.

The study's authors point out that relationships with fictional characters on a TV screen "can be a poor substitution for 'real' human-to-human experience," but they saw some benefit nonetheless. And I have to admit, on nights when my friends are out of town and I don't have any plans, I'm even more likely to turn on the TV than normal — though I don't know if that's out of loneliness or habit. So I'm asking you: Do you believe this study that TV can make people less lonely?

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