Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A new study finds that watching reruns can give you a mental boost.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo found people boosted will power and self control after watching a favorite show.
Jaye L. Derrick, lead scientist, said the study also found that spending some time with your favorite characters can be more beneficial to lifting your spirits, than hanging out with your friends.
"There are a lot of benefits you can get from close relationships, but there are also a lot of problems," Derrick says. "Fictional worlds can be a way of seeking connection to others without having all the strings attached."
However, the team found the key was a rerun - new shows simply had no effect.
"With a rerun, you already know what's going to happen and don't have to pay as much attention," she said. "You're just enjoying it, getting positive mood benefits, and feeling like you're there with comfortable people."
Derrick doesn't advise you sit around all day watching TV, but she does say people shouldn't feel bad about watching an hour or so of television after work.
Derrick's new research will expand on these findings and examine other social consequences of television.