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Do You Believe TV Can Make You Less Lonely?

Can TV make us feel like we have friends? That's the gist of a new article from a psychology journal, which suggests that watching and talking about favorite TV shows can make people feel less lonely. Apparently, according to the study, we turn to TV to help us when we're feeling isolated, and the "relationships" we have with fictional characters can help us feel more like we belong.

The study's authors point out that relationships with fictional characters on a TV screen "can be a poor substitution for 'real' human-to-human experience," but they saw some benefit nonetheless. And I have to admit, on nights when my friends are out of town and I don't have any plans, I'm even more likely to turn on the TV than normal — though I don't know if that's out of loneliness or habit. So I'm asking you: Do you believe this study that TV can make people less lonely?


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Phorrest99 Phorrest99 8 years
I think it's a good distraction from life, your problems & such, it's definitely what I use it as. I also (like some of the others have said) like to use it as background noise (since I live alone) even if I'm not watching it.
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
i totally find this to be true
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
My mom used to call Regis and Kathie Lee her friends--just because she would listen to them talk about their lives every day. I think in some cases, it most definitely could be more comforting to have "friends" like TV characters! :0)
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
I think that i has for me a few times.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
It makes sense why soap operas are so popular.... you feel like you know the characters and you get to watch them 5 days a week (:) i'm guilty of this addiction)
skigurl skigurl 8 years
during my post-grad program i was very homesick and very stressed and probably at my lowest...i organized my nights around various programs (only time in my life i've ever done this. i'm not a huge TV person) and i watched the same things over and over because it gave me comfort and made me less lonely, so yah i do think sounds weird and i'm not a TV maniac either, but it did work for me
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
maybe. sometimes i just have the TV on when i'm alone so that i feel like someone's around - not necessarily a lonely thing - but it serves it's purpose.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I agree with TidalWave. I turn on the TV all the time for background noise even if I'm not watching it.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Not less lonely in the true sense of loneliness. Sure it can provide comfort. Like when I'm home alone and i'll put the tv on so there is at least some noise in the house. But if I watched tv by myself every night, I'm sure I would start to feel lonely.
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