Watching TV After Work Makes You Feel Like a Loser
Winding down in front of the boob tube can cause high levels of guilt, scientists say
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2014 8:31 AM CDT
Maybe not a good idea for your mental state.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

(Newser) – It seems natural to reach for the remote to take a breather after a taxing day of conference calls and TPS reports, but a new study warns that especially work-weary folks who flick on the TV or play video games may feel incredibly guilty and like failures afterward, reports the Independent. Instead of letting the media do its ostensible job of mitigating any 9-to-5 stress, scientists found that certain “ego-depleted individuals” regard these activities as procrastination from more critical tasks and fault themselves for a lack of self-control.

The German and Dutch researchers asked 471 subjects to talk about how they felt after their 9-to-5 toil the previous day, as well as what media they used to veg out, according to a post at Eureka Alert. Even though the study’s authors say that media has been shown in previous research to offer a “recovery experience” for stressed-out working stiffs, this survey seems to indicate the opposite: that worn-out workers who could probably use a decompression session of Orange Is the New Black the most end up feeling like the biggest losers because they think they should be reading Crime and Punishment or cleaning out the garage instead. “In times of smartphones and mobile Internet, the ubiquitous availability of content and communication often seems to be a burden and a stressor rather than a recovery resource,” says one of the co-authors. (Click to read how food can affect your stress level, too.)

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Jul 27, 2014 12:22 AM CDT
Whenever the news media speaks of work, from the isolated world they live and work in, it's always seems to reflect a white collar environment of conference calls and reports, meetings, etc. I don't think they can relate to work as most Americans perform. 2-3 years ago, I turned the tv off and canceled the satellite tv subscription. There is life after tv. I see little to no redeeming social value in modern entertainment. I'm retired now and not interested in wasting anymore of my life in front of the "tube".
Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 26, 2014 4:15 PM CDT
IDK, I've heard about the Avatar syndrome where people leave thinking their lives just suck. Maybe its the same for tv. But if you want to go home and put the problems out of your mind, you can see what silliness is on Newser or you can turn on the tv and see which episode of Seinfeld is running along with HIMYM. That show usually makes me happy I don't live in NYC.
Jul 25, 2014 10:15 PM CDT
What's TV?