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Does Watching TV Make Us Happy?

Bruno S. Frey, Christine Benesch & Alois Stutzer

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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
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Life satisfaction, Mispredicting utility, Revealed behavior, Self-control problem, TV consumption
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 6-2007
journal Journal of Economic Psychology
publisher Elsevier
ISSN 0167-4870
DOI 10.1016/j.joep.2007.02.001
volume of journal 28
number of issue 3
page(s) 283-313
review not reviewed
   
profile area SEPS - Economic Policy
citation Frey, B. S., Benesch, C., & Stutzer, A. (2007). Does Watching TV Make Us Happy?. Journal of Economic Psychology, 28(3), 283-313, DOI:10.1016/j.joep.2007.02.001.