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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Television is Your Own Personal Flat-Faced Tunable Buddy

Fionnuala Butler and Cynthia Pickett write:

Stomach growling, but have no time for a meal? A snack will do. Drowsy and unable to concentrate? A short nap can be reviving when a good night’s rest is unavailable. But what should you do when you are alone and feeling lonely?

New psychological research suggests that loneliness can be alleviated by simply turning on your favorite TV show. In the same way that a snack can satiate hunger in lieu of a meal, it seems that watching favorite TV shows can provide the experience of belonging without a true interpersonal interaction.

link: Imaginary Friends: Scientific American


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