A TV activity that has been gaining in popularity is harming people’s mental health and causing viewers to lose sleep, according to a report in The New York Post focusing on binge watching.
“More than half of people surveyed admitted they experienced mental health issues after completing a series,” the story reports, referencing a survey of 2,000 people by Patient.info.
“Those aged 18-24 were fives times more likely to feel lonely, three times more likely to feel depressed and twice as likely to feel anxious, sleepless and empty,” The Post reports. “But those aged 55 and over were less likely to experience mental health issues after binge-watching.”
“These findings highlight some very worrying consequences of binge-watching TV, particularly within the younger generation,” said Dr. Sarah Jarvis, clinical director of Patient.info.
She added: “We have long been aware of the physical effects that come along with being a couch potato, but we should also be conscious that if we don’t moderate our TV-watching habits it can also be highly detrimental to our, and particularly our children’s, mental well-being.”