‘TV addiction higher among divorced, unmarried people’

Psychologists and experts have sounded the alarm on the addictive nature of modern digital products, such as smartphones and tablets, and social media platforms, but there is an older entertainment device that adults and children can easily become addicted to: the television. A survey conducted by faculty members of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences found that television addiction was higher among unmarried, divorced and widowed people.

For their research paper titled ‘Television addiction: implication for enhancing media literacy for healthy use of technology’, which was published in the Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry, the authors surveyed 2,755 people in the age group of 18 to 65 years from neighbourhoods in east Bengaluru. They found that 79 respondents were addicted to television, and most were unmarried, divorced or widowed.

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