Is it possible that locking yourself up all weekend to watch President Frank Underwood‘s exploits is making you physically and mentally ill?
Watching too much TV has long been associated with health risks, but a recent study from researchers at the University of Toledo sought to observe the effects of the relatively recent phenomenon of binge watching, which the study’s authors write “has never been studied before using a large population from a socio-behavioral context.”
Study participants who identified as binge-watchers were more likely to report addictive behavior, according to the researchers. Their findings concord with other recent findings in scientific literature that water is wet and fire is hot.
“Literature shows that TV viewing (especially screen time) is associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes,” the report’s conclusion says. “With the advent of novel media for viewing television, ‘binge-watching’ is a growing public health concern that needs to be addressed.”
In other words, we already knew that watching too much TV was probably not great for you. Turns out, watching too much TV all at once… is also probably not great for you.
[h/t The Guardian]
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