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Growing up a lot of us were told (or forced) to limit television time. Well, I’m here to counter that. Researchers have concluded that watching too much TV may lead to obesity or laziness. I’m no researcher; however,  I believe that TV can be very beneficial – especially for one’s mental health.

You may have heard the statement, “I do not dream of labor.” While valid, most of us don’t have the luxury of doing nothing. Nonetheless, labor should not prevent people from having hobbies or participating in activities that they enjoy, such as watching TV. 

  1. TV is a great way to relax after a long day of class 

Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy cozying up to a Netflix series after class? Watching a good show not only provides entertainment, but studies at the University of California have found that watching TV can reduce cortisol hormones (i.e., cortisol is responsible for stress; Nabi). I can attest to this as I currently watch shows and movies on Disney+ at least twice a week. It has been great!  

  1. Watching TV is great to create bonds

Watching a series or movie is an easy way to bond with family and friends. You get to spend time together, and afterward, you can have great conversations! It’s also cost-friendly!

Making time for interests outside of work and school is very important. At the beginning of the pandemic, many of us realized how little time we spend with ourselves doing things that we enjoy. One thing I have learned during the pandemic is that life can stop abruptly. However, quality time with yourself and loved ones can greatly improve your mental health and your overall well being. So watch TV, and watch a lot of it if it makes you happy – it’s that simple.  

Sources: Nabi, Robin L, et al. “Could Watching TV Be Good for You? Examining How Media Consumption Patterns Relate to Salivary Cortisol.” Health Communication, vol. 31, no. 11, 16 Mar. 2016, pp. 1345–1355., https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2015.1061309. 

Skylar Shaw

Howard '23

Hello, My name is Skylar Shaw, and I am from The Bronx, New York. Currently, I am a Junior at Howard University, where I study Economics.
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