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TV, Time and Happiness

Bruno S. Frey & Christine Benesch

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abstract Watching television, and more generally media consumption, is a dominant activity in most persons' lives. Europeans spend on average over 3 hours a day in front of the TV and US Americans even about 5 hours. We present empirical research on media use by Europeans, which suggests that watching TV is related to less happiness. Listening to the radio, and even more reading newspapers, is on the other hand related to higher life satisfaction. The causal relationships between media consumption and happiness have been analyzed for TV but need to be explored for the case of radio and newspapers
   
type journal paper
   
keywords media, subjective well-being, life satisfaction, self-control problem
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 2008
journal Homo Oeconomicus
publisher Accedo Verlagsgesellschaft (M√ľnchen)
ISSN 0943-0180
volume of journal 25
number of issue 3/4
page(s) 413-424
review not reviewed
   
profile area SEPS - Economic Policy
citation Frey, B. S., & Benesch, C. (2008). TV, Time and Happiness. Homo Oeconomicus, 25(3/4), 413-424.