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New psychological research suggests that loneliness can be alleviated by simply turning on your favorite TV show. In the same way that a snack can satiate hunger in lieu of a meal, it seems that watching favorite TV shows can provide the experience of belonging without a true interpersonal interaction.
Originally posted by jackflap
reply to post by MOFreemason
I would love to see a link to that external source quote.
Jaye L. Derrick and Shira Gabriel studied 100 university undergraduate students, and examined the relationship between low self-esteem, parasocial relationships, and reported self-discrepancies. In this study, participants described their favorite celebrity in an essay. These researchers used the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale to assess how the participants felt about themselves (their self-esteem). Read more: psychology.suite101.com...
I think it depends on how severe it is. I've recalled having just sat for hours being depressed and barely noticing what was on TV any more than a fan that makes noise when it's running. After about 5 years of that, I think I've gotten used to finally living alone, even without any pets or friends. I'm not really anti-social as much as I'm anti-drama. A theme I've heard mention here on ATS and a banned member.
I enjoy certain programs, whether they're cartoons, sitcoms or documentaries. I suppose some day I might be able to watch them with a companion or friend. Living with someone isn't in my plans anymore, unless they own an apartment building or mansion.
As for ATS; What's it's done for me is more than just sitting in front of a TV screen. So, it's been therapy and helped me to a larger degree. The faceless chatter has given me more choices to accept or reject other opinions and skepticism as well. It's a slow process, but it can work.
Well, so far as I can tell, the whole premise of the article of the OP is that "non-real" relationships (like with tv characters) can be a substitute for "real" relationships in the context of loneliness.
Pretty hard thing to study, never mind establish as fact since "loneliness" is not a quantifiable variable.
Meh, the whole thing is pretty silly imho ...
Having said that, if one were to consider what is or isn't "real" ... Well, let's leave that one for another day.