Does watching TV relieve stress or adds to stress?
Does watching TV relieve stress or adds to stress? What is the medical opinion on it? In my opinion, watching TV after a day's hard work relieves stress.
I would think it would depend on what you watch... If I watch the Office, it stresses me out and makes me really annoyed. I don't find it funny and instead makes me think of all the times I've ever had an idiot for a boss....
On the other hand, I can watch something like Revenge and really love it.
Everyone is different and certain things will raise my blood pressure but won't affect others... and vice versa...
"Reality" shows make me want to throw something at the screen to make the dumb bastards go away. I don't want to watch shows about stupid people who will eat anything or fat people likely to be buried in piano cases rather than coffins.
Rarely will I watch reality TV, although it can be funny to see how dumb some people are... I prefer shows where I have to figure out what the underlying plot is...
Same here, Lauryallan. Unfortunately on commercial television you can't escape the ads for 'reality' junk.
Lol another reason to watch tv online... with an ad blocker.
I guess it would depend on what you are watching. I do not watch the news because it adds to stress in my life, but a funny sitcom always relieves stress by making me forget about it for those few moments.
Like the others I say it depends on what you watch. I'd also add that television programs shouldn't all be peaches and cream. We need the hard news. We need to know what is going on in the world. This may cause stress but it's better than ignorance. You don't want to be ambushed by change. If there is a forest fire headed your way it is best to know about it so you can get out of the way.
Yes, television shows can relieve stress. I like to get my fill of Star Trek repeats,Breaking Bad, Dexter, New Tricks, ect.
What stresses me out for no good reason are the commercials for 'reality' shows. They are so dumb.
Here's another vote for "it depends on what you're watching." A light, funny sitcom like "Big Bang Theory" or "the Simpsons" would likely reduce your stress. Watching one of the news channels would probably increase it.
But Freddy you may still need to know what is happening in the world even if it does stress you out.
Yes but most of the news does not and will never effect me. I don't watch the news either. It's either depressing as hell, like another school shooting, or it's totally irrelevant like such and such is pregnant or given birth...
Lauryallan, you never know what is around the corner or what will affect you. Sometimes warnings about computer viruses are on the news. You use a computer.
For me - It depends on what I watch and how involved I get into it. I used to watch a soap opera. The story lines were so frustrating that I found it made me stressed. I realized how stupid was to allow a TV show to affect my mood, so I stopped watching years ago and never went back.
Now I watch TV shows that make me smile or relax me.
My husband is a big NEWS watcher and I find the news stresses me out if we watch it hour after hour.
It surely does relieve stress, more so if you are watching with a group. That said, however, it depends upon the kind of television you see. Watching sports and comedy would relieve us, whereas news and certain reality shows bring us to realize why television is known as the idiot box.
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