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Does watching TV make us happy?

Frey, Bruno S. and Benesch, Christine and Stutzer, Alois. (2007) Does watching TV make us happy? Journal of economic psychology, Vol. 28, H. 3. S. 283-313.

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Abstract

Watching TV is a major human activity. Because of its immediate benefits at negligible immediate marginal costs it is for many people tempting to view TV rather than to pursue more engaging activities. As a consequence, individuals with incomplete control over, and foresight into, their own behavior watch more TV than they consider optimal for themselves and their well-being is lower than what could be achieved. We find that heavy TV viewers, and in particular those with significant opportunity cost of time, report lower life satisfaction. Long TV hours are also linked to higher material aspirations and anxiety. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Politische ├ľkonomie (Stutzer)
UniBasel Contributors:Stutzer, Alois
Item Type:Article, refereed
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Publisher:North-Holland
ISSN:0167-4870
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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